"Moshiach is ready to come now-our part is to increase in acts of goodness and kindness" -The Rebbe

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Shabbos flyers

We have a proliferation of “Shabbos flyers” inundating our shuls: Sichat HaShavua, L'Chayim, and so on, and so forth. Granted, these flyers do contain much material of merit, and material that everyone could learn from. Still, let us be honest here: to whom are they directed? Merurovim. Newcomers. Or perhaps baalei Teshuva who still haven’t learnt how to learn and, although being a part of our circle for many years, are in fact complete beginners.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this literature is great—for its intended audience. For them, it’s a significant step up. But for those who received the education of the Rebbeim, it’s largely a step down. Why does literature for mekurovim become standard reading for yungerleit who attended Tomchei Temimim for years, learning seven hours of Nigleh and three hours of Chassidus per day? Every single moment of the precious time of Shabbos needs to be spent in serious Torah study.

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