Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Topics we didn't cover here in the not-so-distant past. Not necessarily in order of importance (add any I missed [in the comments])
1) The Crown Heights Eruv.
Is it about the eruv, really? Or is it a generation of young people who in general want life/Yiddishkeit to be easy. They say they follow the Rebbe's directives, but that the Rebbe, being the ultimate "nice guy," would definitely allow an eruv to be put up these days, since the women are holed up at home all Shabbos. Is the fact that they're doing this after decades of a status-quo a de-facto rebellion against the Rebbe? I guess we should be happy that they're trying to do things within the realm of Halochoh.
2) Reb Lazer Berland and his plight/flight.
Not so much about whether or not he's guilty of the crimes that they accuse him, but more so the defense that his people put up for him. That the Tzaddik can be guilty of such sins and still be a Tzaddik. Something like that. His heavy avodah is beyond dispute, learning and davening. But who decides who's the Tzaddik of this Breslov generation? Meaning, his people say he's the Tzaddik and his actions cannot be questioned; but who told them so? (I never actually sat down and listened to a full-blown defense of him.) Or that this is all about them against us. The Ashkenazi old guard of Breslov vs. the new-age Baalei Tshuvah/Sefaradim. That they never accepted him or what he did over the years, and now they're getting their revenge on him for "destroying" Breslov. The funny thing is that most of them are as new to Breslov as R' Lazer is. Most of them are stam Litvaks who couldn't take a living Rebbe so they took Reb Nachman. You had Reb Levi Yitzchok Bender and R' Michel Dorfman, but the rest? Were they not all tzugekummener?
3) Secular education in NYC Yeshivos
The real issue here is that the people pushing for change are not our friends. They don't have our best interest in mind. You might say that they have nothing but our downfall in mind. Will they be happy if all yeshiva kids get a HS/Regents Diploma? One wonders. And if so, if it's not our well being that they have in mind, how can we endorse their efforts? This is besides the fact that they paint all Charedi schools with the big, broad brush. I also find it ironic that most of these guys - the guys that left the Haredi world - caught up to the big world, (as if the masses that go through the US education system are beacons of intelligence and understanding), despite their lack of education in yeshiva, so what's the big deal? Within a few years in the great, big world you can sound and look like any Bernie-loving hipster anyway!
There are more, I just figured I'd put these 3 out there for now.