Thursday, May 25, 2006
Hot News while-u-wait
(Photo courtesy of The YeshivaWorld
If you want constant and "exclusive" updates, pictures, and articles of the trip by the Gerrer Rebbe and HaRav Steinman by all means, pay a visit to our (former) good friend Yeshiva World. [Congrats on the new website]! Anything related to scandal in the non-Yeshivishe world also gets covered there, but of course, no mention of any scandal in the Frum world.
The reason I didn't cover any of those stories is because I don't usually copy stories from EVERY other blog, unless I have a unique angle on it. That's all there is to it.
If it's scandal in the Frum community you're after, Child abuse in particular, pay a visit to Unorthodox Jew. (I never understood that name, since he does claim to be a fully Ortodox Jew with an axe to grind against certain "bad apples". There you'll find links to many more stories of abuse and corruption in the pristine Torah waters, including embezzlement, breach of public trust, abuse and molestation by Rebbes, Rabbis, Teachers, Chazonim, gurus and counselors. He also goes out on the limb, calling the current scandal in YTT The Greatest Single Tragedy To Smite The Jews Since W.W. Two. A little much if you ask me.
The visit of these 2 Torah luminaries does seem a bit strange, not that it's not appreciated, it definitely is. It's just that it's not clear to me who actually ASKED that they come, I don't believe they decided on their own. Usually when a Rebbe or RY travels to a city it's either at the request of Chassidim/Talmidim there or to collect money. In this case there was no large group of Gerer Chasidim in LA or Toronto, and they did not go to collect money. Also each stop was for a very short time, not enough time to actually have much of an impact.
The incident in Montreal, where the Erev Rav wanted to protest the visit had a happy ending. I just wish people, and by that I mean Satmar, would see for what they are, not well-meaning people who go a bit far, but rather Jew-haters of the first degree.