by Leib weiss
The Kinus Hashluchim is fast approaching. Once again our streets will be filled with Shluchim of all ages, from all over the globe. And once again our streets will also be filled with the same complaints, Sina, and Loshon Hora.
Once again the same issues of jealousy, self worth, and ignorance will surface. And the same childish whining along all too familiar lines will be heard. How Shluchim are insular, and how we feel excluded. How Shluchim only hire their children, and the children of other Shluchim. And most recently, how Shlichus is responsible for the local Chinuch problem, as well as for the alarming rise in our children straying from the Rebbe’s ways.
Recent articles on this website and other platforms have suggested that the focus our schools put on carrying out the Rebbe’s Shlichus has made our young people think that Shlichus is the only way to be Chassidim, and when that doesn’t pan out for our children, (of course by no fault of theirs, or ours, after all the system is rigged) our children are ill equipped to be Chassidishe yungerleit. If our schools, Chinuch, and community leaders would stop promoting Shlichus at every opportunity, our kinderlach would be far better off, and more ready to face their likely future.
I am only one parent, but maybe there is another possibility. Perhaps, when our Yeshivas stress the importance of Chassidus, the Rebbe’s Inyanim, Lubavitch Minhagim, and our children come home to a Rebbe picture in the living room, and a TV, an open laptop, goyishe magazines, throughout the rest of the house, they get mixed signals. When are daughters are lectured on Tznius, and are picked up by mothers in Tichels and just long enough skirts, and fathers in Tshirts and Jeans, maybe the lessons remain skin deep. Maybe when we insists our sons get Smicha, while running down the Rabbonim in our neighborhoods, they don’t feel a drive to follow our path. And just maybe, when our children’s Rebbeim proclaim the importance of Shlichus, and our homes are filled with belittling comments, generalizations, and rishus about Shluchim, our children are rightfully confused.
There is no question that Chassidishe Baalei Battim in the Shchunah feel disenfranchised from the Rebbe’s Shluchim. There is no question that it is difficult for the average Oheli Torah Graduate to find the perfect Shlichus within Shanah Rishonah. And there are certainly deep issues with our Chinuch. And the answers may be that we need to invest ourselves further in Chabad houses, and give moral and financial support where we can. The answers might be to better prepare our children to be able to work for existing Shluchim, or to encourage them towards jobs where they can be Duma Chayos, and help support their Chaverim who do go out. And the answer might be to take a good look at the Chinuch our children receive when they leave school, and are in our care. But it sure is a lot easier to blame the Shluchim.
The Issue is, that a few days later the Shluchim return recharged to whatever corner of the world the Rebbe sent them to. And we remain here, with the same issues, concerns, and fears. So we must either take a long hard look inward and address them, or wait for the Shluchos to come in Shvat.