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    Response to Charles Bronfman

    "Want to 'take back Birthright from Chabad?' I say, Bring it on!" writes New Jersey Shliach Rabbi Avi Richler to Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman. Full Story

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    Unfortunately the reform activist on campus are
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    Unfortunately the reform activist on campus are

    Too busy with BDS & organizing anti israel rally.

    That’s it

    nice but
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    nice but

    Too long winded

    wrong
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    wrong

    birthright is its own organization and they are in charge. because it is their money they can decide what can and cant be done.
    people want to go to birthright because it is for free and then they can extend their trip for half the price.

    Mindy Shemtov
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    Mindy Shemtov

    Excellent responce.Moshiachs times,this could happen now.

    a fellow birthright madrich!
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    a fellow birthright madrich!

    Beautifully written.thank you! I know first hand how these trips effected so many of my groups lives for the better, primarily due to the preparation before and follow ups after the trip, think about a fully funded chabad house where a shliach is able to just focus on the hashpoah and ruchnius needs of his constituents!(the majority of my participants extended they’re trip many of which learned for a duration in yeshivas!)
    Moshiach now!

    hit him high hit him low
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    hit him high hit him low

    Great response. The Rabbi is right on#!!!

    Nicely done
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    Nicely done

    As someone who grew up in a reform temple and B”H found my way to complete and authentic Torah Yiddishkeit, I think this is right on target.

    Wow
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    Wow

    The Richlers are truly incredible shluchim. Having spent some time by their home this past summer, I witnessed firsthand the incredible work they do so humbly and selflessly. Real chassidim, and very real people in general. May you go me’chail el chayil!

    It is advisable..
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    It is advisable..

    …not to say “bring it on” as this speaks to encouraging them and even inviting defeat.

    Respond dismissively or disarmingly, such as:
    “You couldn’t even if you knew how to try”

    Spread love not hate.
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    Spread love not hate.

    Wow. Great great point! Well spoken. No need for animosity or bad blood. This was written in true chabad spirit.

    Thank you
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    Thank you

    well done and correct shykoach!

    So well written
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    So well written

    Not an ounce of negativity..aderaba let all Jews add in true yidishkeit!
    Does this rabbi speak as good as he writes? He should be on the speaker circuit.

    Beautifully  written!
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    Beautifully written!

    Wow, article is unbelievably written. We need more manpower to change the world and bring moshiach. We should encourage all jews to do inreach, and not shy of non-chabad inreach programs. As long as we are warming the world with yidishkeit.

    Mean kugel?!?
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    Mean kugel?!?

    Rebentzins can joke too. They dont only know how to cook!!!

    lifelight 2
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    lifelight 2

    Well said!! All true!!
    That’s one Montrealer (Rabbi Richler) saying it like it is to another Montrealer (Mr. Bronfman). May the “Reform” movement learn something from Chabad. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. May they copy Chabad!
    From a former neighbour Montrealer.

    To number 3 "wrong"
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    To number 3 "wrong"

    First – beautifully written article Rabbi. 2. Actually each birthright organization has to do their own fundraising. I believe they do also uget money from birthright itself, but it’s not the sole source of funding. Also, it’s not just “it’s a free trip”. Why are these students specifically choosing Mayanot versus Hillel or one of the other providers? To quote one of my students “I choose Mayanot bc I was told it’s not an Israel experience, but a Jewish one and I want to care about being a Jew. I could go to Israel anytime on my own, but then… Read more »

    Look at his children
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    Look at his children

    Bronfman has to justify his lack of yiddishkeit and that of his children’s by pushing the Reform agenda rochmonos latzlan what enormous wealth can do to separate a Jew from his Source. From a former Montrealer

    what a Moshiach response!
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    what a Moshiach response!

    The Rebbe clearly stated in Chayai Sarah 5752 we are all shluchim of the Frediker Rebbe, our Rebbe his successor, every single Yid without exception. It’s not them and us. Rabbi Avi Richler is just telling Charles Bronfman we are all in this together you are welcome to greet Moshiach just encourage all your constituents colleagues and all you can reach do Torah and Mitzvois and they all will go to Erets Yisroel. May we all Greet Moshiach Now! Birthright trips will then be something of the past!

    Rabbi Eliezrie
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    Rabbi Eliezrie

    They are not trying to hurt Chabad, Jews are a very intelligent people, not just doctors, but scientists who provide the findings in nature.

    Israel has a very important and urgent message for Jews around the world. ….and that is a natural goal in itself, I’m sure Hashem is proud

    True
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    True

    Avi,
    That is exactly what I said!
    SS

    Don't get worked up
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    Don't get worked up

    Sadly, within 2 or 3 generations, the reform movement won’t be Jewish anymore.
    Almost the entire side of my father’s family is married to goyim. My mother’s side is half.
    Seriously, they just keep marrying out, and studies have shown it. The founder of the reform movement has no Jewish decedents after the fourth generation. They are committing spiritual suicide.

    meir
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    meir

    well said

    Missed Oppurtunity
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    Missed Oppurtunity

    Rabbi

    Everything you say in your article makes sense except that your challenge to Mr Bronfman totally contardicts Chabads approach.

    Chabad is successful because its philosophy is not to challenge or judge but to engage and embrace jews with unconditional love.

    So instead of BRING IT ON , I think a statement like OK LETS TALK would bear better results

    To #9
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    To #9

    On the contrary. What indeed is that supposed to mean, “You couldn’t even if you knew how to try”? Do they not have a nefesh ha-Elokis just as you do? Didn’t their ancestors stand at Har Sinai just as much as yours? Why couldn’t they bring Jews closer to Yiddishkeit just as much as you or me or Rabbi Richler?

    No, Rabbi Richler hit exactly the right note, whereas to you it’s just a matter of one-upmanship, like supporting (lehavdil) your favorite politician or sports team.

    Bronfy on Israel
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    Bronfy on Israel

    In April 2013, Bronfman was one of 100 prominent American Jews who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to “work closely” with Secretary of State John Kerry “to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel’s security needs, which would represent Israel’s readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace.”[6]

    Foresight
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    Foresight

    At the GA, head of American Jewish federations, told the people they need to have more children! T he Rebbe was 50 yrs a head of them, as usual. lehavdil

    #24
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    #24

    reform is not [lhavdil] yiddishkeit nor is it the way of Torah.

    Chabad and [lihavdil] reform avoda zara cannot be equated as equal opportunity kiruv workers when one draws people to a path of emess and one to sheker.

    No. They couldn’t outshine Chabad, not even with the “kiruv” of their own children.

    Birthridght Story in Jewish Quarter Cardo
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    Birthridght Story in Jewish Quarter Cardo

    A few years ago I was visiting Israel and passing through the Cardo (Main Square) in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem. A local lubavitcher had a tefillin table and asked me if I could help him as there were many tourists walking by. I happily obliged. Soon after, a few young men walked by the table. I asked them “where are you from” and “what brings you to Israel”. They responded that they are on Birthright from a university in Texas. I asked them if they wanted to put on tefillin. They thought about it for a few seconds and… Read more »

    Eisov sold
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    Eisov sold

    His birthright to Yaakov (this week’s Parsha). He sold his right to be eternally connected to Hashem. What is reform doing for our birthright?

    to 1
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    to 1

    funny but more sad and true

    Us vs them
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    Us vs them

    Never a good way

    Abi Richler: What a Guy!!
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    Abi Richler: What a Guy!!

    Abi… you write so eloquently and to the point in such a positive way. May you reach above and beyond all the goals you had in mind when you set pen to paper. This article certainly brings the Rebbe much nachas and you bring much Chassidishe pride through your writing and most importantly, through your trailblazing peulos!!:) …BTW…. When there are 2 Jews there will certainly be 3-4 opinions…. so don’t worry about criticism for this bold and positive approach and challenge!)

    To 27
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    To 27

    Rabbi richlers point is exactly that. Bring it in, you want to beat us, you have to do it with emess!

    To #27
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    To #27

    Precisely my point. Bronfman and co., just as much as you or me or Rabbi Richler, have the inborn ability to rediscover the emes and be able to draw other Jews closer to it. So telling them “You couldn’t” is 100% wrong: they can, just that they have to be working based on emes rather than sheker.

    Ex reformer
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    Ex reformer

    I heard the Rebbe said somthing about these other organizations, “they sanctify the compromise.” Reform members think that that is Judaism, (until they meet chabad), they are lead by charlatans. Rochmonus

    This sounds Naive
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    This sounds Naive

    If only. But let us remember that the Reform Movement was not founded on emess, and the only way for people in the movement to discover emess is to leave the movement. The movement itself has no interest in promoting the Torah aspect of Israel unless it’s their warped version that says the mesora is baloney. If a rabbi of theirs does teshuva, he /she has to leave the pulpit. But why would they? It is only about dollars and a nauseous sense of “social justice” where Arabs are treated better than Jews.

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