Written by Rabbi Yitzchok Katz
As we approach the Kinus Hashluchim, termed by some as the Rosh Hashana of Shlichus, it is a most befitting time to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh regarding the direction Shlichus has taken most recently. We must ask ourselves, “Are we actually fulfilling the Rebbe’s vision and innermost desire regarding shlichus?”
It is no secret that many Yungerliet these days are simply not going on Shlichus because they feel that they cannot find a suitable place to go. One of the main reasons for this is the set up of the Shlichus system these days. All potential areas for Shlichus are under the jurisdiction of existing Shluchim, who are reluctant to bring new Shluchim to these areas.
What is so shocking is that there are so many Jews today that hardly know anything about Yidishkeit and the need for more Shluchim is even more crucial than it ever was.
Although the existing Shluchim surely have reasons why they are slow to bring down the new Shluchim, the reality has shown that when the existing Shliach marries off his own child, he almost always manages to carve out an area of Shlichus for his children.
I would like to suggest that it is the responsibility of the Mashpi’im to address this most disturbing situation and provide Yungerleit direction on how to proceed.
Before gimmel taamuz, generally speaking, a Yungerman who wanted to find a fitting Shlichus would be able to do so. However, today many Yungerliet feel that this is not the case anymore.
The question is what the Rebbe’s instructions would be in our current situation.
Over the years there were many answers from the Rebbe regarding out of the ordinary cases and disputes that have arisen on Shlichus. Additionally, there have even been Sichos from theRrebbe regarding competition on Shlichus and peoples claims that they have ownership over a certain component of Shlichus.
These answers and Sichos need to be examined by the Mashpi’im and hopefully they can come up with guidance that would allow the institution of Shlichus to grow and at the same time, ensure that there isn’t any Hassagos Gevul to an existing Shliach.
With the understanding that there will be no perfect solution, we can work together to improve the current situation and bring the Rebbe Nachas.