Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Jpost gives a Mussar Shmooze

The Jerusalem Post speaks to The Yated, Hamodia & The Agudah. Jpost: The Hillul Hashem committed by Satmar leaders is an issue that we should not duck as if it were an internal Satmar matter. The key characteristic of hillul Hashem is its public nature and, therefore, for religious Jews the reaction cannot be "see no evil, hear no evil, know no evil." The Satmar conflict is being aired in public because the Satmars have put it there. American Orthodox leaders and groups must not sit idly by as our Code of Jewish Law is purposely violated. They should declare that Satmar succession issues and similar conflicts must be decided by religious tribunals - perhaps rabbinical courts based in Israel - and not in the secular courts of Orange and Kings counties. The respected rabbinical body of Agudath Israel of America - to which Satmar does not belong - should nevertheless call for restraint and reliance on religious courts. This message should be echoed by other Orthodox groups and respected rabbis. Newspapers serving the haredi community, such as Hamodia and Yated Ne'eman, should include in their eulogistic coverage of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum words to the effect that what is obligatory for other Orthodox Jews is also obligatory on Hassidic groups. As if to illustrate the familiar point that "one sin begets another," a public relations firm hired by Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum's supporters sent out a press release during the shiva mourning period inviting the media to come to Williamsburg, where its client would be leading services on Shabbat.The press was asked to "be respectful of the religious observances and practices" of the hassidim and to limit their photography to stills and prints.........
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