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Friday, July 31, 2009

Moderates: Sit Down! Argufying DovBear's (Non)Point

I always get a little upset when I come across such posts. In this one, DovBear has posted from a guest (Fozzie) that he believes the time has come for Centrist Orthodoxy to stand up. I say the time is long overdue for them to SIT DOWN.

The truth of the matter is that it is not the extreme-right's fault. It being the recent scandals so gleefully covered by the secular press. For just a quick look at how the media distorts things, take a look at this post by the (un)venerable Yechiel Spira, or at Aish HaTorah's HonestReproting.

What we have here, aside from the obvious media misreporting, is a simple case if misunderstanding the cause and effect of the way these things work.

Example: Can you imagine, for a moment, R' Chaim Kanievsky, R' Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, or any of our other leaders being caught in such a scandal. No. Of course not. Why? Becuase a real, true Yid does not allow such things to happen.

Therefore, and I am saddened to have to be forced to say this, but the fact of the matter is that these Yidden are simply not representative of the extreme right. Like the Telsher Rosh Yeshiva used to say when asked how frum Yidden could cheat on their taxes: "And what about frum Yidden who eat on Yom Kippur? That is right...they aren't frum. And neither are the tax cheaters". Same here.

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