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Home and Family
"Kedushas Habayis" Focus of This Year's American Aguda Yom Iyun
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This year's Agudath Israel of America-sponsored Yom Iyun will focus on a topic particularly timely in the contemporary world: the Jewish home.

For the past eleven years, the organization's Torah Projects division has organized a pre-Yomim Noraim series of gatherings across America for introspection on a special theme. Past years have featured topics like shemiras halashon, godol hasholom. This year's topic is the Jewish home.

The Jewish home is a place that should embody an almost mystical quality, where family members live in harmony as they strive together for ever-greater heights of ruchniyus, where the kedusha of Shabbos and Yom Tov are palpable, where limud haTorah is a high ideal.

In the words of Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, director of Agudath Israel Torah Projects Commission and coordinator of the Yom Iyun event, "Thousands of Jews across North America will be gathering in their communities during yemei Selichos to gain a new appreciation of, and commitment to, sanctifying our homes as oases amid the tumult of the larger world."

"Jewish homes are inherently places of intense kedusha," adds Rabbi Labish Becker, Agudath Israel's associate executive director. "They are not, however, unfortunately, always thought of as such, and that is an issue that should command our attention."

This year's flagship Yom Iyun event, which will be held at Ahiezer Congregation (at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue S in Brooklyn) on Sunday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m., and will feature Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudath Israel of America; and Rabbi Yehoshua Fishman, executive vice president of Torah Umesorah. They will provide their thoughts and insights on the topic and suggest how we can ensure that our homes are true successors to the radiant Jewish homes of generations past.

The inaugural Yom Iyun event this year was already held on September 4 at Agudath Israel Zichron Chaim Zvi of Madison, at a Labor Day Yarchei Kallah organized in conjunction with Hakhel. Those present were inspired by the words of Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, who riveted the crowd with poignant insights and practical ideas about how to intensify kedushas habayis. (Audio tapes of this year's inaugural event are available from Agudath Israel).

Over 130 cities across the United States and Canada will host their own Yom Iyun events, featuring local rabbonim and visiting guest lectures or audio-visual screenings of the New York-area events. Thousands across the continent -- from Seattle to Montreal, from San Diego to Miami Beach -- are expected to participate in this year's Yom Iyun program.

"These upcoming days are a time when Jewish hearts are open wide and people are seeking ways to improve themselves," says Rabbi Perl. "The Yom Iyun is a golden and holy opportunity to bring much-needed attention to a truly timely and important issue. And doing so in a way that unifies Jews over distances of thousands of miles through their common focus on a special theme adds a special element of `veyei'osu culom agudah echos' to the project."


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