Leading up to the Asifa, one thought of going to an event held up to its name "Ichud Hakehilos " Kinus klal Yisrael, an event meant to benefit all yidden. An event where you will be together with all segments of the klal, with equal representation and proportionate speakers in both Yiddish and English, so all those who came can hear something inspirational in their own language. An event where the Gedolei Roshei Yeshiva in America will have their voice heard. That was not the case. Regarding opinions and interests, "Achdus" could not be further from the truth.
As the program concluded, it was apparent, that we were misled and duped. While some left inspired, many were disappointed. There was a disproportionate amount of Yiddish speakers, It was a chasidishe event. Even Rav Mattisyahu Solomon, who saved the evening by reaching out to the mevakshei hashem and spoke in english, preceded his remarks saying he was asked to speak in Yiddish. Also, on the jumbotron all they kept showing were various Chasidishe Rebbes and Admorim. If not for the fact that the Skulener Rebbe spoke, you would not have known that Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel was present. The crowd of yeshivaleit that came did not hear a drasha from not even one American Rosh Yeshiva. A lot of effort was made to get people to come. Some were asked to come by their respected rabbonim, parents were told by schools to attend, yet once there, they were not represented. Either not enough thought went into planning the program or personal interests took over and the event was hijacked.
The Siyum Hashas, as has always been, is a event where you are together with all segments of the klal, where the voice of the Gedolim is heard. Each participant feels at home as all tribes are represented. It's not an easy task, but that's what Agudah is all about: bringing all of klal yisroel together. From chasidish to litvish from sefardi to ashkenazi, women and children. For a true kinus klal yisroel I'm going to the Siyum Hashas.