by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
"His brilliance in Torah was matched by his concern for his fellow Jews", a quote from a hesped for a rav and rebbe from the previous generation.
I miss that. There were few gedolim of the past generation that wouldn’t fit that statement. What gadol could you name who didn’t have a burning desire to help his fellow Jew, to improve the situation for ALL of Klal Yisroel? Oh, they may have differed on approach and focus, even completely disagreed with each other. Whether the approach was through Torah learning, yeshiva building, building up communities and chesed organizations, strengthening observance of various mitzvot and breeches in practice, the burning goal was clear.
Today it seems much harder to say the same. Even if it can be said about the gedolim, their organizations act otherwise as well as various people acting in their name (and thereby destroying their kavod and often their goals).
I don’t know how to explain this to my children. But I know this: if it can’t be said “his Torah was matched by his concern for his fellow Jews”, then it is not someone to follow.