Questions tagged [kiruv-outreach]

The practice and movement of encouraging Jews to become, believe, and behave more in accordance with Judaism.

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Source for Baal Shem Tov's advice to parents with troubled teen - “Love him more”

The story is related about a father whose son was becoming increasingly disinterested with Yiddishkeit and moving ever closer to going off the derech. He went to seek the advice of the Baal Shem Tov, ...
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M'karev an elder reformed fellow

Say I wanted to learn with an elder fellow (80s) who's always Been irreligious his entire life. What should I learn with him to bring him to Religion. Keep in mind: He can read Hebrew, he believes in ...
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Kiruv- quantity vs. quality

I'm looking for sources discussing the question of priorities in kiruv, especially when there's a conflict in resources. The question is often asked using the following scenario: "Imagine you're a ...
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Why should a hedonistic teenager care about Judaism? [duplicate]

I recently had a conversation with a self-centered hedonistic American teenager who was not interested in hearing proofs that the Torah is the word of God and said he could serve God any way he wanted....
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Does the Torah encourage monotheistic evangelism? [duplicate]

Although Judaism is not a proselytizing religion in the classical sense, is there any responsibility to bring non-jews to monotheism and away from idolatry?
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How to answer someone who chooses not to ask for forgiveness on Yom Kippur

Request for suggestions on how to respond and assist someone in this scenario: During the break yesterday, I spoke with a tween-age girl who explained that she felt no purpose in davening in the shul ...
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Laying tefillin in kiruv

From what I've seen, when groups like Chabbad get otd Jews to wear tefillin, they don't have them make birkot hatorah (or any of the birkot hashachar). Perhaps they're just relying on the Ashkenazi ...
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Are Devarim 4:32-33 an argument from ignorance? If so, why are they often used as a rational basis that Judaism is true?

I have read/heard myriad Rabbis1 cite Devarim 4:32-33: הֲשָׁמַע עָם קוֹל אֱלֹהִים מְדַבֵּר מִתּוֹךְ־הָאֵשׁ כַּאֲשֶׁר־שָׁמַעְתָּ אַתָּה וַיֶּחִי׃ Has any people heard the voice of God ...
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If someone is about to commit a sin on purpose, should you stop him even if it'll cause embarrassment?

Imagine that someone is about to commit a sin on purpose (Torah or rabbinic); but you don't know that it was done on purpose, so I guess you give him the benefit of the doubt. Is it better to stop ...
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In the interest of being mekarev somebody is it permitted to minimize the spiritual & focus on the practical?

Are you allowed to convince an agnostic Jew to start keeping parts of the Torah for purely practical purposes like: prayer & faith have a calming effect, learning Torah sharpens the mind, Shabbos ...
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Kiruv after refusal multiple times?

Would sources consider the following as a mitzvah, sin or neither: If one continues to rebuke their friend for breaking shabbat and not following the Torah, and it causes not exactly arguments, but ...
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Source for Kiruv? [duplicate]

I’ve heard that one who performs the Mitzvah of Kiruv, or bringing Hashem’s children back to him, has a special place in the world to come. What is the source for this and what does it say? Also I ...
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Pursue shalom versus distance from wicked

In chapter 1 of Pirkei Avot, Hillel says "be like the disciples of Aharon, love peace, pursue peace, love others and bring them closer to torah". On the other hand, a few mishnas earlier: &...
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Does the concept of כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה obligate us to put up a mezuzah on a non-frum Jew's door, if he did not?

Does the concept of כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה (all Jews are responsible for one another) obligate us to put up a mezuzah on a non-frum Jew's door, if he did not, and he will not remove it if we did? If ...
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Serving food at Kiruv Events and OC 169:2

In Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 169:2 the following is noted: (Source Provided by Sefaria.org) (לֹא יִתֵּן לֶאֱכֹל אֶלָּא לְמִי שֶׁיּוֹדֵעַ בּוֹ שֶׁיְּבָרֵךְ, הגה: וְיֵשׁ מְקִלִּין אִם נוֹתֵן לְעָנִי ...
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Did Yirmiyahu have realistic expectations?

I'm trying to pretend I was living in Yirmiyahu's time to really understand the issues he faced. The entire nation, save a few, are idolaters, don't fear G-d, etc. Did G-d really expect a bunch of ...
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Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews

It is not a mitzva to try to convert non Jews but is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to the world (such as bringing rational proofs of the authenticity of Judaism)? After all, ...
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When does the obligation of kiruv end?

As a hypothetical example suppose I have a non-orthodox relative, say an Aunt. I see this relative infrequently, say at family functions 3-4 times a year. Each time I see this relative I make ...
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May one host irreligious guests on yom tov?

Although it is permissible to cook on Yom Tov, this heter is limited to cooking for other Jews. Because of this prohibition, Chazal were concerned that if one had non Jews as guests, he would cook ...
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Is it ever a Chillul Hashem to discuss Torah principles?

The Rambam explains one type of Chillul Hashem as follows (מיי' הל' יסודי התורה פ"ה הי"ד): ויש דברים אחרים שהם בכלל חילול השם, והוא שיעשה אדם גדול בתורה ומפורסם בחסידות, דברים שהברייות ...
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what is the first thing to teach total beginners [closed]

Looking to teach a total beginner (i.e. someone not yet interested in following any halachas) college student for kiruv purposes. What is the best part of torah to teach first? Is it better (for ...
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Is one obligated to do some kind of Jewish outreach today [duplicate]

Considering the high assimilation / intermarriage rates today, is there an obligation to try to do some kind of outreach according to one's ability (either personally such as shabbat guests or ...
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How to convince your Jewish athiest friend to become shomer mitzvot?

If one has a friend who's and atheist--someone who believes in evolution, big bang, etc--what methods can you use to convince him to abandon his old ways and start keeping some of the mitzvot? Bible ...
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Kirouv and hassidic dynasty

Besides Chabad, which hassidic dynasty has a french or english speaking outreach (kirouv) program ? I know Belz has one, but I cannot find more information about it online. I also heard that Satmar ...
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What is the source for the mitzvah of kiruv?

Is kiruv a mitzvah? Is it biblical or rabbinic? Is there any reason it should supersede other mitzvot? what are the sources in chazal and halacha relating to kiruv? related: Kiruv and halachik ...
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Reaching out to our unaffiliated Jewish brethren [closed]

The "unaffiliated" is the largest growing Jewish denomination. In this editorial article, Reform Rabbi Rick Jacobs criticizes synagogues for not reaching out to them. Is he specifically ...
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Need some good Russian Purim/kiruv links

I was totally shocked today, talking with one of my Russian colleagues. He had absolutely no idea what Purim was about. Not Mordechai, not Ester, not Achashverosh, not Haman - he didn't even know ...
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Kiruv and halachik compromise

What is the basis for a blanket allowance of halachik compromises by organizations involved in kiruv, if any? The purpose of this question is to see if there were responsa that give blanket ...
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Why does God care so much about Details [duplicate]

Kizayis, Kebeitzah, Toich Kedai Achilas Pras, Zman Kriyas Shemah Why is god so into details what are their significance(e.x why does god care if I daven after Zman Kriyas Shemah)?
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How does one affect a Jew who is not connected at all? [closed]

I have a friend who is halachicly Jewish, but is very far from being "connected". He doesn't care about it at all. He is not a close friend at all, just someone that I know. He lives far away. Is ...
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Helping others succeed

What do you do when you are trying to help friends get themselves on a good track, but you are afraid that by helping them you yourself might fall...what is the Torah obligation here?