Brooklyn – For the most part Emunah and Hashkafah is not part of the traditional Yeshiva and Beis Yaakov curriculum. Many talmidim and talmidos have lingering questions on Emunah and Hashkafah that were never dealt with by Rebbeim and Moros. Unfortunately, in the contemporary information age, many frum people go online or to secular books to receive answers to their questions. The answers they receive are most often very antithetical to Torah and can border of pure apikorsus (heresy).
Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer, Rav and Rosh Kollel of Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX), Brooklyn’s Kiruv and Chizuk Center in Flatbush and author of the acclaimed Hashkafah book Search Judaism, says that there is an onslaught of frum people that are r”l closet atheists who no longer believe in Hashem and are no longer Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos. Many of these people are married and even have children and in many instances their wives and children have no idea of their spouse or father’s secret identity.
BJX believes that the Torah must be the first address where people turn to with their questions and not secular sources or organizations such as Footsteps that are rabidly anti Yiddishkeit. BJX’s rabbis and faculty are exceedingly tolerant and open minded and their classes refreshingly openly deal with Emunah/Hashkfah and Machshava issues.
Rav Fingerer feels that if more attention was given to Emunah and Hashkafah in Yeshivos, the drop out and off the derech rate would drastically decrease. Questions such as “How do I know there is a Hashem?” or “Is there proof that the Torah is really Divine from Hashem?” “Does Hashem really love me?” “Why do Bad things Happen?” are critical for every thinking person.
BJX will be offering a seminar for the frum and heimish community to give adults answers to these questions so they can be stronger Yidden and stronger parents and teachers for their children. The seminar will be at the Center (2915 Avenue K) and begin Motzei Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah (October 26) and run four consecutive weeks.