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The Language of Warmth

Yisroel Besser, East Brunswick, New Jersey

This year’s sold-out Agudah convention focused on the need to protect our vulnerable youth. Yisroel Besser brings some personal observations of the Convention highlights.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Several years back, I had the opportunity to speak with an Agudas Yisroel veteran, someone who recalled the early days of the Convention, when a tiny crew at Agudah headquarters would work the phones up until the day before, explaining to people why they should participate.

“During the weeks leading up the convention, there was no time to sleep,” he recalled, “And at the convention, who wanted to sleep?”

Having spent the previous three days here, I know what he meant.  

The food for thought offered in the speeches and sessions often needs digesting, and the wee hours of the morning find groups of people – some in conversation with a rav or rosh yeshiva, others with each other – rehashing the words they had heard, giving and getting chizuk.

The convention theme centered on protecting our precious, vulnerable youth, and if there was a call of the hour, it was for warmth. Speaker after gifted speaker reiterated that only with warmth, passion, and enthusiasm can we hope to imbue our children with our values.


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