Rabbi Dr. Ahron Twerski spoke out against the recent decline in Chassidic participation within the Agudah while participating in a panel discussion about antisemitism at the Agudah Convention on Friday.
I used to attend Agudah conventions and felt at ease since there was a Chassidishe olam, but for the past ten years, we have been declined, not formally but nonetheless. Chassidim are not represented in the Moetzes Gedolei Torah, where the trouble begins.
He continued, there is no justification for that, calling it “shameful.”
According to Dr. Twersky, “Agudath Israel will become obsolete to Klal Yisroel in a few years.”
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel, who is consistently courteous and composed, gave his response.
He first made light of the situation by joking that it shows how meticulously the Agudah censors each speaker’s speech in advance.
Assuring the audience that the problem was being addressed, he thanked Dr. Twersky for bringing it up.
Jaw-dropper: At @AgudahNews convention panel on antisemitism, Rabbi prof. Aaron Twersky reprimanded umbrella group for excluding Hasidic members & causing division, calling it “shameful.”
Twersky predicted “Agudath Israel will become irrelevant to Klal Yisroel” in a few years 💥 pic.twitter.com/SmA5VBMOIt
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 2, 2022