By Michoel Chazan
Hashem has delivered this world into the hands of fools (Sanhedrin 46)
The Kotzker Rebbe said “Where you bury falsehood, that’s where truth sprouts forth.” Let’s face it; most of the community just doesn’t get it. Nobody really cares about the history of the community. The people who tried to undermine the Rebbe, the Rabbonim and the community, and are now vindicated and koshered by our very own Rabbonim.
The tznius problem in the community is getting worse. The Chinuch system is failing. Our children see hypocrisy in our community ,and our community is getting more modern by the day. And now we are going to have an election for a third Rov.
Now that we elected a new Vaad, what now? We have two new members who have absolutely no experience in communal matters. The Din Torah that was supposed to create an environment of peace made matters worse. The community’s special interest groups undermined the chance for reunification of the Bais Din and peace at every turn.
Now that we have a mishmash of a Vaad Hakhol, what can we expect for the elections of a third Rov? The amount of money spent on this Din Torah, was enough to send a lot of children to camp whose parents couldn’t afford it. The community has spoken, now we have to live with our choices.
What use is a third Rov, if our existing Rabbonim can’t even sit in the same room? Do you think we will pick a new Rov and everything will be put into place? At best, it will become two against one, and that’s how they will solve their problems.
This arrangement will not bring peace. It might guarantee a steady income of Rabbi Rosenberg’s Bais Din, but it won’t bring peace to the community. If the two Rabbonim cannot get along, because of there own actions or the actions of there supporters, maybe we need a different solution. We need Rabbonim who can work together and tackle the current issues that are now affecting the community.
It’s very easy for a Rov to put his head in the sand and when confronted by a contemporary issue say “Chadash Osur Min HaTorah” (new is Taboo). We need a Rov who can think out of the box. I’m not here to rant and rave, we are talking about our children, and our future as a Chassidisha Community.
We need Rabbonim, who have Yirah Shamayim, charisma, that can motivate, educate and inspire. We need a Rov with tough skin, who won’t be manipulated by money, Yichus or other special interest groups. Who cares how small this Rov’s following will be, when a ship is sinking, do we care how big the life boat is?
Don’t wait for the new Vaad to do positive things, if nobody is home, we will have to effect positive change ourselves. Fighting is a waste of our time and energy.
A group of Chassidish Yungerlite started their own Shul. Their aim wasn’t to fight anyone, all they cared about was to be able to daven with a Chassidisha minyan, and give their children a normal place to daven.
Why are we going to waste time adding a new floor to the Bais Din, if the foundation (the Bais Din) is corroded? We need to give both Rabbonim an ultimatum, either you make a commitment to work together NOW, or we will not be able to pay you because we will need new Rabbonim that can work together.
— Rabbi Michoel Chazan is Director of Chaplaincy Services at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He was elected twice to the Vaad Hakohol – CHJCC (member 1996-99, chairman 1999-2002). He was a candidate for Vaad Hakohol in the 2010 elections.