Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A true Askan knows when to give it up
A meeting with young askanim was held recently giving them guidance and hadracha on how to take on askanus and to advocate on behalf of the klal. Among the speakers was a prominent Rosh Yeshiva who spoke of his own personal experience. Having had a certain issue with one of his children he reached out to many organizations and well known activists and עסקנים that supposedly dealt with the issue at hand. In the end of the day said the RY the ones who came through and helped were not the organizations or public figures, but rather the quiet unassuming people who get things done with out fanfare or photo ops and a true willingness to help another yid. If you are in a position were you can no longer advocate, or your own kavod and negios stand in the way that should tell you to give it up.
How true today B"H we have many Askanim and leaders that advocate on behalf of the klal, yet with it, there are many who start off with the right intentions, but power and kavod get in the way or through their connections they realize how they personally gain thus, they are no longer in a position to advocate truthfully or effectively.
Askanus entails a lot of different dynamics- cultivating relationships with politicians, or taking charge of issues that affect a local community as well as for the general klal. Not always will you get recognition, on the contrary there are times where you will dirty your hands and stick your neck out in order to help. Years ago askanim were appointed by rabbonim or communities to advocate on behalf of the tzibbur. Today that exists more in the Chasidishe circles. There are many self appointed askanim today who advocate and act as spokespersons. Many of them are well intentioned and doing whats right to help. We hope that they dont loose focus of what it is about and hope they can continue to serve amd always put the klal ahead of themselves.
.............וכל מי שעוסקים בצרכי צבור באמונה