Well, well, well, what have we today? Quite a few emotions swirling around out there in the blogosphere. Fink is self-righteous, Harry is gloating (and hungry), Teitelbaum is quiet (for now), and Tzig is self-muzzling (for once).
I’ll get to my understanding of what happened yesterday at a later time. First this. The gist of my response to them all is: Why can’t we just all get along? Ha, ha, just kidding.
In a more serious vein, I have to ask, what’s it to you? Haredi Rabbis have gathered THEIR followers and laid down the law as they understand it. Again, for people who follow their guidance. What’s it to you????
So you have another opinion? Wonderful, then live by it, raise your children by it and attach yourself to like-minded people. Why do you feel the need to viciously attack and besmirch good and decent people, based on half-baked boich svaros and incomplete knowledge of what was actually said? Rabbis Fink and Maryles will admit to not being Haredi, so why not focus on fixing your crowd instead of constantly harping on Haredim?
You do realize how foolish it is to attack a certain group using standards they specifically reject? Do you spend your time criticizing Chilonim for not covering their hair? How about Satmar for not saying Hallel on Yom Haatmaut? When the source of a specific behavior is a different worldview, to criticize every manifestation of that worldview as if it is some new-fangled idea out of left field is absurd and shallow.
Let me reiterate the obvious. Modern Orthodoxy operates under different guidelines then Haredim do. Period, end of story. To keep on criticizing developments in the Haredi world using Modern Orthodox values and thought processes as a yardstick is nothing more than continuously patting yourself on the back. “See, look how great MY way is and how backward/stupid/wrong THOSE guys are”. If that’s what helps you sleep at night, then kol hakovod, but except for that lovely choir you’re preaching to, it is quite tedious.
If Haredi society were violating its own principles, then there would be room to point out the perceived hypocrisy. But considering that everything that happened last night is in line with longstanding Haredi thought and practice, to attack once again from the modern orthodox perspective is misleading, old and tiresome.
We get it: you are open-minded and educated, while Haredim are fanatical monsters from the Dark Ages. The asifa just confirmed those deep-seated biases. You are happy as you are and Haredim are happy as they are. Okay, so can you now move on? The continued assault on a community that makes no bones about the fact that it has a different approach to life than you do does nothing more than arouse the sneaking suspicion that you ain’t so sure of the righteousness of your own path.