Friday, November 3, 2006
To My Litvishe Brothers: Join me!
Listen folks, you're not the ones that I need to "fight". You never were. We are two groups cut from the same cloth that took a slightly different approach to Torah life; otherwise we're all the same. It's the Modern-Orthodox, those blaspheming "rationalists" who never met a heretic they didn't like, they're the true targets and they need to be stopped.
As a young man in Yeshivishe camps I would the hear the Rosh Yeshiva there (who shall remain nameless) sit at the weekly Melave Malke and berate the Modern Orthodox as the "bridge to reform" and "ערגער ווי די רעפארמער" and I would wonder: "Why's he saying that? Just because they don't wear black hats?"
But what I've seen lately is that most of the hate towards anything traditional and Torah-based, and especially towards Lubavitch and the Rebbe, comes from them (in a cordial manner of course) and it's more self-righteous than the biggest "Snag".
The MO pushes for Torah Umadah, an outdated idea that has been a total failure in the US and abroad for one simple reason: It wasn't meant for this time! So, all the Harry Maryleses of the world, stop beating the drum of Reb SR Hirsch - he's not your guide, he'd be a regular black-hatter today!
At least the Snag can point to some kind of accomplishment, that he's raised a generation of Torah and Yiddishkeit, but what can the MO point to? Gay clubs at YU? The Rabbinate at Solomon Shechter? Slifkin fans? Yuk. Those bashes and swipes at the Agudah I took were silly and foolish, I realize that now. We need to let bygones be bygones and work together to build a strong, Torah-educated generation, otherwise we'll look like Harry Maryles... old, bitter guys who moan about the old days at Skokie Yeshivah.
Do we have a deal? Oh, and please don't hold my Hungarian heritage against me.