Sunday, November 28, 2010
I think it's fair to say that there really is no point in nitpicking the frum media anymore. They have their M.O. and they live and die by it. They choose to include whomever they want and ignore those they see as unfit for print. So whereas we would hem and haw over whom they mentioned in this article about Kiruv and that article about pioneers in American Yiddishkeit we don't think we can change the status quo, so we don't bother. What we CAN do is bring to your attention how the press - despite their swearing to the contrary - is a group of people afraid of their own shadow, and he we humbly suggest that we use this weekend as proof, or exhibit A, if you will. Mind you, they're spineless only to a point - only when they wanna be, and only when it comes to certain people, groups and issues. Otherwise they're VERY cuting edge and open-minded, very much with their "finger on the pulse." They know all about kids at risk and all the dangers out there, and they're gonna save you and your family from certain collapse, both spiritual and financial. There I go again, whining like a little girl. Sorry about that.
Unless you just crawled out from under a rock you know that this Friday - 20 Kislev - was the 30th Yohrtzeit of Rav Yitzchok Hutner. As is usually the case none of the competing publications wants to miss out on this VERY IMPORTANT milestone. They all like numbers, 75 years from Yossele Rosenblatt, 10 years since Rabbi Sherrer, and so on and so forth. Mind you that no genuine Chaim Berliner would volunteer to write for either one of them, so they got Feitman and Stolper to write the articles, and true to form, each one made sure to get in what he thought was absolutely necessary. Stolper may be a CB talmid, and G-d knows they use him as proof of the greatness of RYH and his commitment to Kiruv, but he's not a CB guy today. Stolper made sure to reference RAIK and RYDS, which won't make the CBers very happy, and somehow RYH got to Berlin. No mention of why he went and what he was doing there, but Reb Pinchas HAD to get that in there, so he made sure to mention it, even if the reader if left scratching his head as to why the "greatest mind of the 20th century" needed to go to Berlin. I'm sure they assume it was Torah-related, but why allow that to be up to the reader?
When it comes to Feitman and his write-up in Mishpacha, he toed the straight Yeshivishe line, as any good Yeshivishe would do. I guess they wanna get CB into the Yeshivishe mainstream. So when he mentions the Toras HaNozir and the Haskomos he got, no mention is made of Rav Kook, G-d forbid, and the Haskomoh he got from him, despite the fact that he mentions Reb Chaim Ozer and the Kovner Rov. So Hamodia mentions his connection to RAIK and RYDS and Mishpacha doesn't. Go figure. And the kanoyim are out to get Mishpacha... Berlin never happened either, it was just a figment of some MO guy's imagination, his whole life was Torah, original Machshovoh the likes of which the world had never seen and never will ------. The best part was how he shunned publicity and was so humble, which is why JTA only had a paragraph or two to write about him when he passed on. Mamish eizen-shtark. Such proof of humility hasn't been seen in a long time. That story goes VERY well with the portrait he posed for with his hand in the gartel and no hat... I'm sure Heshy Trainer almost fell off his ladder when he saw how the great humble one posed for him...