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Aug 26, 2013

Get Clarity: Aish.com's Rosh Hashanah Music Video (video)

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  1. Good dancing trying to compensate for bad lyrics.

    Maybe the lyrics aren't bad, but they definitely haven't been checked: "We've come so far to give up who we are." I think they mean "We've come too far...." What they said means the exact opposite, and is a bit demoralizing. Seems they're lacking some clarity.

  2. LOL. It took me a minute to get your point, but now that I do, it's pretty funny! That's a Talmudic kop, analyzing every word. On a somewhat unrelated note, is it just me, or do others get the feeling that Aish is little more than just one big fundraising operation? I'm curious, as they've been making me feel uneasy, as of late.

  3. Anonymous,

    I'm curious what makes you say that Aish is just a big fundraising operation. We are doing tons of outreach in Israel and throughout the world. Our websites teach Judaism to over half a million people a month in 4 languages. The Hasbara Fellowships trains hundreds of students on college campuses to be pro Israel. In America a program called Project Inspire is helping thousands of frum "lay people" get the confidence and skills to share our heritage with their non observant friends family and coworkers. This is just a sampling of what we do.

    Do we fundraise? Of course because all of this takes money to accomplish (Ein kemech ein Torah.) But to say that is all we do is get perplexing.


    1. Sorry for offending you, Jack. There's no question that Aish does a lot of good in the Jewish world. In fact, the fact that I agree with them just about all of the time on all of the issues of the day, makes it uncomfortable to even cautiously criticize them. That being said, the experience that I had with them, and many of my friends for that matter, was that just about every interaction that I had with their rabbi's included a request for a donation. Now I've never run a non-profit organization so I must concede that I am writing somewhat out of my area of expertise (ie I've run pretty successful for profit organizations). That being said, I never got the same high pressure sales tactics from other outreach organizations, such as Chabad.
      Again, just my opinion, though I know of others who share it. I certainly didn't mean to offend!


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