This past Thurs. night I was asked to give a short pre-Motzo'ei Shabbos ma'ariv shiur at a prominent local shul. No payment offered, no payment asked, no payment expected. Torah shel chesed.
I spoke about the El Al ticketing isssue, correlating lifnim me'shuras ha'din and Kiddush Hashem.
This is a copy of the email I sent out this morning to the person in whose name I had bee invited:
Subject: The Shul
To talk to your shul about lifnim meshuras hadin was a waste of breath.
Not one person came over to say thank your or yasher koach after the
presentation. The lack of mentschlichkeit is appalling. The kehilla
needs some significant cheshbon ha'nefesh. From my perspective, such
organizations have no zechus hakiyum. A yeshiveshe minyan that lacks
mussar is a travesty.
That parishioner responded simply: "Ouch."
The parishioner who did the actual inviting responded:
I am surprised that no one thanked the speaker. It has been my experience that people have thanked speakers for their time and words. This tzibbur has