Heart to Heart in the Kiruv World

In the spirit of תשעה באב, here's a video from Project Inspire which I think you might find interesting, and perhaps even inspiring... (full disclosure: I'm featured in it!)

(full video here)

For the record (and I should probably write a whole separate post about this), I don't like to call it "kiruv", but rather loving people (hence the name "Heart to Heart"). As Rav Kook famously said, 

"If we were destroyed, and the world with us, due to baseless hatred (sinat chinam), then we shall rebuild ourselves, and the world with us, with baseless love (ahavat chinam)." (Orot HaKodesh III:324) 

I saw a line from Rav Amital zt"l (which also appears in Rav Kook's writings) qualifying that oft-quoted claim: There is no such thing as undeserved love -- everyone deserves it. It's our job to discover why and how to share that love with others.

Heart to Heart in da Chareidi newz!

Check out this article from Hamodia (you can start reading from "The Ripple Effect")

For what it's worth, they never interviewed me for this article, not did they ask me if they could quote things in my name, nor did they even tell me that they wrote about me (my parents found out when someone from our shul said "Did you know there's an article about your son in Hamodia?", to which they responded "What's Hamodia?"). They got most of their quotes from things I had filled out in forms on Project Shabbat's website (which is started by Rabbi Lebow), things I never expected were actually going to be shared, let alone published. Given all that, I really have no complaints and I'm glad they wrote about this, and I'm glad I made it into Hamodia! Hopefully people will read this and be inspired in their own way - although I doubt too many secular college kids read Hamodia :)

Heart to Heart in da newz!

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NCSY Alumni Newsletter - Alumni Spotlight on Hart Levine
"Hart Levine is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania and has started the most exciting student initiative on campus I’ve seen in a long time. If you are in college and want connect with your fellow Jews email him at and ask about the Shabbaton at University of Pennsylvania Feb. 14th." read the rest here...
Also, here's the lineup for the AJOP convention - Monday of Presidents' weekend (2/16)!
If you are a college student and wish to attend, I can probably hook you up, if you let me know...
Exciting times ahead! And I have a bunch more incredible stories, they're just not ready for the world yet. Don't worry, all in due time...