Saturday, October 21, 2006

Does blogging bring out the worst?

Faruq is dead, he actually committed proverbial suicide. Do you know what killed him? his writing, that's what. Faruq realized that he'd gone even further than he ever planned.

Bloggers everywhere, those with a conscience anyway, tell me that they cannot believe what they've written. They look back and are stunned that such thoughts emanated from their keyboards. It's like there's an invisible being inside them that compels them to write this stuff against their own free will. I too am surprised at myself sometimes, and I do erase and edit much that I write, but I know my limits. Then again maybe if nobody knew me I too would succumb to that temptation.

I've been told that blogger DovBear is a Lubavitcher, and a Shliach to boot. I find that hard to believe. Impossible as a matter of fact. Now I've heard of people leading "double lives" before, of being אחד בפה ואחד בלב , but this is ridiculous! Why be a Lubavitcher and a Shliach when it goes against everything you believe in?! Lubavitch is the last place in the world where you're "forced" to remain and cannot voice your opinions, so pack up and leave!

I understand that people give misinformation in order to throw you off the scent, but all those stories, you need to be a pretty good liar to make those up. I'd be shocked to hear that it is the case, and even more so once I hear his name. Until then I refuse to believe it.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't make as if blogging is like ruach hakodesh
"It's like there's an invisible being inside them that compels them to write"
really now. it's a filthy scribble on the wall, low and stupid, cut it out.

Hirshel Tzig said...

You need to go away before I find out who you are. Please. Just go away.

Anonymous said...

He is one of these new Yuppie shluchim. Oofgeklert. He deals with Yuppies and strts to think like them. I am debating if I am allowed to reveal his name accoroding to halacha. I see his blog makes a chilul hashem but can we expose him.

חסיד said...

anon

פרעג א רב

chleper said...

Lubavitch is the last place in the world where you're "forced" to remain and cannot voice your opinions, so pack up and leave!



I don't know what world you live in but in Lubavitch, now more than ever, as in probably most chassidishe close knit environments you dare not voice a contrarian opinion.

Hirshel Tzig said...

chleper (with a ch?)

My friend, I live in the world of Lubavitch. You must be afraid of your own shadow, because you're imagining that you need be afraid. Who exactly are you afraid of that you "dare" not voice a contrarian opinion? and who sets the opinions that you dare not contradict? will somebody pay you a late night visit?

Itzhak Schier said...

If he wants to play devil's advocate, that is actually OK but:

1) he goes too far

2) he should use a ridiculous name (like Der Shygetz, but that is taken :)) to show that he is just stirring up the pot. Humor and exaggeration would also help.

3) At some point he should end the whole thing and explain that it was an experiment.

I, however, doubt that he is a shaliach. Maybe someone who passed through Lubavitch because he grew up in a city where Chabad ran the day school, but that is about it.

And sorry, but there is no censorship in Lubavitch. The one thing that could happen is that he could lose his position as a shaliach, but even that is not certain nowadays.

berl, crown heights said...

people, I am willing to bet that 'dovbear' has never set foot in any kind of Lubavitch.

Chlepper said...

It is "Ch"lepper as in chxxlepper.


I agree as well with Berl, Dovbear most likely never set foot in any real way in the world of Lubavitch.

as far as voicing a contrarian opinion. You must have no idea of the world of Shlichus.

If a Shliach should dare talk against his boss publicly, (Ca. for example and other smaller States) if any shliach is too vocal on the Moshiach issue, If a Shliach in any public or private way goes to the Moshiach Kinnus or just merely doesn't show up to the "official" kinus and the "higher ups" suspect it is politically oriented he is a marked man.

Just for some quick examples.

Anonymous said...

chlepper:

he hardly if ever speaks of those subjects, so that's obviously not his issue.

shpy said...

On the other hand, DovBear definitely does ring a suspiciously lubavitch bell...

Anonymous said...

Only a Lubavitcher would spell it DovBer in one word like the Mittler Rebbe

Hirshel Tzig said...

anonymous

it's DovBear, not DovBer. Besides, even Reb Yoshe Ber Brisker, the Bais HaLevi wrote it like that.

Josephsichos said...

There is no way dovbear has any connection to lubavitch. I have seen ignorence (not talking disbeleif)of very basic chabad ideas and concepts.

hmmm said...

anonymous, you know that this shliach is DovBear how?