In modern times, Keruv has become more and more associated with reaching out to unaffiliated Jews who do not belong to synagogues.
And this is the idea behind so many introduction to Judaism classes and other adult education programs designed to offer a way in for Jews of all backgrounds that have become a staple of modern synagogue life.
Seidel is shamelessly playing off the controversy over Israel's Foreign Ministry using Refaeli as a spokesperson for Israel when she, a) evaded the military draft and, b) rather famously dated/cohabited with Leonardo Di Caprio, who isn't Jewish.
Seidel – who vehemently opposes intermarriage and inter-dating, is shamelessly using Refaeli picture to make it appear, a) as if she supports his work – which she does not – and, b) as if he does not disapprove of inter-dating – which is a blatant lie.
When the Mishnah talks about Aharon, it says that he was Ohev Shalom v’Rodef Shalom, Oheiv et ha Briot, umekarvan latorah: that he loved peace and pursued peace, that he loved all of God’s creatures and brought them close—mekarvan (the same root as Keruv)—to Torah.
And so what we learn from our biblical teachers is that Keruv, in its essence, is an act of Chesed, of lovingkindness: it’s inherently an act of human beings reaching out to other human beings, and offering them the gift of Torah, of connection and of community; and any good Jewish community worth its salt engages in some kind of Keruv.
It seems that many of the great biblical figures were also especially concerned with Keruv.
And in progressive Judaism, Keruv has been around for a long time as well.
I think there's a significant difference that tends to be lost on some between the horribleness of the destruction of the Jewish people through genocide and the gradual waning of a faith because it is no longer as relevant to the lives of some people today as it was to their ancestors.""Esther-I think you hit on an important point.
The Jewish value of Keruv goes a long way back in Judaism.
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