Friday, July 13, 2007
Be afraid, Mrs. Greenberg
In short: some pervert is threatening a woman in Kiryas Joel who he says wears terribly provocative and immodest clothing, (as in the Dor HaMabul) and she's by extension profaning the whole town, that he'll do "everything in the world" till the family will pack up and leave "our town." Why do I call him a pervert if she may actually be doing something that's insensitive to the feelings of that village, and may be bringing others down with her? The answer is simple. No self-respecting Jew, who's truly bothered by her appearance (and I doubt it's as bad as he makes it) would go so far as to embarrass a family like that. I doubt a woman who was so terrible would sit around KJ if she was so different than the other people there. I do not wish to condemn the whole shtetl of Kiryas Yoel, so don't come and tell me what good people there are there. It is the culture however, that gives birth to such wackos, and makes them think that in some way they're doing G-d's work.
So, Mrs. Greenberg of 2 Karlin Boulevard, Monroe, NY 10950, if I were you I'd pick up and leave that town, the sooner the better. When we're dealing with hallucinating nuts there is no reasoning with them, and you cannot rely on the fact that most people are good and will not hurt you. Contrary to popular belief most "frum" zealots are violent people who'd be street thugs had they not been born to a frum, Charedi, zealous society. G-d has nothing to do with it. Their character traits do not change however, they just get channeled into Kano'us, and they become stone-throwing, garbage-burning goons. So if these were street thugs threatening you you'd surely pack up and leave, right? These people are no different.