Lev L'Achim (Hebrew: לב לאחים, "heart for brothers") or P'eylim Lev L'Achim is an Orthodox Jewish organization operating in Israel. It follows Orthodox Judaism, and works to move students from secular Israeli schools to schools based on the Torah and religious teachings. It sends out senior yeshiva and kollel students to recruit Israeli children for religious elementary schools. Like all kiruv organizations, its goal is to teach those who have grown up in a non-Orthodox Jewish environment how to practice Judaism.
As an Orthodox Jewish institution, Lev L'Achim adheres to Halakha, Jewish law, as taught by the Talmud and Shulkhan Arukh. Additionally, Lev L'Achim observes Jewish Sabbath and holy days, and promotes traditional forms of dress.
Complaints about harassment from Lev L'Achim and the similar group Yad L'Achim against other religious organizations operating in Israel, as well as slow response time by Israeli authorities, is a continued matter of concern to the U.S. State Department, as described in their Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999: Israel, and repeatedly in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor's annual International Religious Freedom Report, most recently in the 2009 report.
Among their goals are: Enabling over children to get Torah education, helping Jews keep Shabbos within one year alone, preventing intermarriage, rescuing Jewish women trapped in Arab villages and fighting missionary and cult groups.
They also provide many sorts of Torah centers, assist immigrants, and have big brother, kiruv, and dropout prevention programs.
Many great Rabbonim have shown their support for this organization.
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- "Lev L'Achim — A Grass-Roots Kiruv Movement". Shema Yisrael Torah Network. Retrieved 2007-10-08. Quote:Lev L'Achim's long-term goal is to establish self-propagating Torah networks in every neighborhood in Israel.
- "Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 1999: Israel". U.S. State Department. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- International Religious Freedom Report 2009: Israel and the occupied territories Released by the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
- Shema Yisroel Network Deiah ViDibur articles on Lev L'achim
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