Outreach in the Torah

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Are we living in a bubble?

The time has come to unite the broader Jewish community around mitzvah observance and ideals.

Outreach in the Torah shows how the Torah is our guidebook for reaching out to others. The divrei Torah offer readers the weekly opportunity to delve into and discuss the importance of sharing our mesorah — actively and generously — to fulfill the ideal vision for Klal Yisrael. In these pages, you will not only be inspired to take action but will discover the spiritual benefits of sharing Torah study and the commitment to Torah values with others.

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About The Author

Dovid Asher has been the rav of Keneseth Beth Israel, the OU synagogue in Central Virginia, since 2011.  After ten years in the bes medresh, where he learned in Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanon, Aish HaTorah, Mir, Derech HaTalmud, and Shaarei Mevaseret Tziyon, Rabbi Asher continues to teach Torah in a way that encourages a broader sharing of the chochmas HaTorah with those under affiliated in the Jewish community.  Rabbi Asher is joined in these efforts by his wife, Aliza, and their children, Elana, Yaakov, Ora, and Adir Moshe.

Praise

“The author is personally involved bringing others closer to Torah and therefore one is able to feel his words of Torah are said with wisdom and the deep feeling that comes with being mashpia tova. (trans.)”

Rav Dovid Cohen,
Rav, Gvul Yaavetz, Brooklyn, NY

In this book, Rabbi Asher brings the concept of Jewish outreach to life through the prism of the Torah. I can’t think of a topic more foundational to Judaism than the tool of outreach that Abraham used to build a global recognition of Hashem, which then led to the development of the Jewish people as a whole. Rabbi Asher will lead you on a spiritual journey that will enhance the quality of life for all Jews.

Rabbi Steven Burg, CEO, Aish HaTorah
שמחתי לשמוע כי הינך עומד להוציא לאור ספר חידושים נפלאים על התורה, דברים מתוקים מדבש ונופת צופים מעומק הגיונך הזך ומכפי נסיונך הגדול בקירוב רחוקים לכנפי השכינה, ואכן תורת ה’ תמימה משיבת נפש – להשיב …נפשות בני ישראל ולקרב לבבותיהם לאביהם שבשמים
הרב נפתלי יהודה הלוי הורוויץ בן הרה”צ לוי יצחק זצוק”ל – דער באסטאנער רבי

Rabbi Dovid Asher has authored a work on the weekly parashah that accentuates the role of outreach, empathy, altruism, and unity in kelal yisrael’s development, and that vigorously and passionately advocates the urgent need to promote this emphasis in our time.

Rav Michael Rosensweig,
Rosh Yeshiva, Rosh Kollel Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzhak Elhanan, Yeshiva Univ.

Now Rav Dovid has taken upon himself an ambitious project, to reveal the Torah’s insights into Kiruv in each and every Parsha in the Torah. This Sefer will no doubt enlighten those who are at the forefront of Jewish leadership but will be inspiring as well for all Jews everywhere. 

Azarya Berzon
Rav Kehilla and Rosh Kollel, Emek Learning Center, Yerushalayim

Rabbi Asher has recently compiled his essays regarding Kiruv, connecting each parsha to this important mission. The notion of connecting kiruv to the whole Torah echoes the words of the Talmud Sukkah (49b) that  Torah which is taught to others is called Toras Chesed – a Torah of kindness. Kiruv is the vehicle of this Chesed and hence the entire Torah expresses this idea.

Rabbi Baruch Simon
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan

Rabbi Asher’s most palpable quality is his יראת שמים, His all encompassing reverence for the Almighty, and desire to spread His name and Torah to all those around him. The גמרא derives from the words in the Torah ‏ואהבת את ה אלקיך that שיהא שם שמים מתאהב על ידך – the name of Heaven should be made beloved by your actions. This book, which was written for the explicit purpose of imbuing the world with a sense of כבוד שמים – honor for the Almighty, constitutes a fulfillment of this imperative.

Rav Yona Reiss
Av Beis Din, Beis Din Tzedek, Chicago Rabbinical Council

We live in a generation where there are so many potential points of contacts with those who might be searching for more spirituality and connectivity. So many opportunities are present, but all too often, they go untapped. That is why this Sefer is of such significance. No one needs to be told of the importance of Kiruv. That is obvious to all. But all too often, we get busy with the hustle and bustle of life, and we lose focus of the many opportunities to connect. Whether it be the workplace, the park, the bus stop, or the ballfield – there are so many points of contact. This Sefer is designed to help us stay focused and inspired by the many opportunities that present themselves.

Rav Dovid Asher is someone I am privileged to call a talmid. He has embarked on a masterful career as a Rav of a Shul and as a warm, engaging and humble community leader. He has been at the forefront of outreach for over twenty years, and he has made it a life mission to help others see the beauty of authentic Judaism. This Sefer is a work that draws lessons and inspiration for Kiruv from every parsha in the Torah. It is designed to help the reader maintain focus on one of the most important chasadim available to us. The reader will be uplifted by the timeless messages in the Sefer, and will hopefully be inspired to bring authentic Torah ideas and values to those seeking more.

Rav Shimon Isaacson
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Shaa’rei Mevaseret Tzion

“This is a sefer which challenged me to ask myself meaningful questions about my life. Am I doing what I should be doing for the betterment of the Jewish people as a whole? Are my spiritual aspirations individual, or do I meaningfully aspire for our collective advancement in our relationship with the Almighty?… I thank Rabbi Asher for challenging me and inspiring me.”

–Rabbi Akiva David Kolchin, Rosh Kollel, Kollel Rischa D’Oraisa, Kiryas Sefer 

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