Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Jewish Idea Blog Now Open!

I am pleased to commence publication of "The Jewish Idea" blog. In this space, we will examine ideas and events that shape the world, from a Jewish perspective. No subject is off-limits. No news story will be censored. We have an inherently "Orthodox" perspective here, but the blog is open to everyone.

I am starting this blog in part because many of our "frum" newspapers have unacceptable levels of censorship. Many others lack journalistic integrity. Often, local papers are owned and edited by people with purely self-serving political agendas. Typically the agenda is to flatter local politicians in the never ending quest to gain favor with them. The reason: the editor hopes that the local government official will then obtain government grant money for the editor of the paper or his supporters. So, you end up with a newspaper that is full of cynical praise for politicians, but no real news. Unfortunately, many regular "frum" people, who mean well, get it in their heads that these self serving organs of local organizations are "kosher" newspapers and rely upon them for news.

That is just one problem with local Jewish newspapers. Another problem is that some of the more "frum" papers are afraid to publish anything that a reader may decide is offensive, regardless of how insane the standard for "frumkeit" is taken.

This is an initial post. We will be posting more in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any current news, or opinions about events in the Jewish world, please post it here. More later, and welcome to "The Jewish Idea" blog.


Blogger 613truth said...

Why did you remove your post about RMT being fired from YU? Do you still stand behind your earlier post, or have you recinded the statement?

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Jewish Idea said...

We stand behind our statement, based on information received. However, when we learned that it was already posted on another website, we removed it from this one. Also, we would prefer to avoid personality-related blogs. What happens or does not happen to a particular person will happen irrespective of whether or not we post messages here. The tragic situation in New Hempstead, New York will continue to boil over in the weeks ahead, irrespective of what we blog here on the subject. We will say this, however: the situation for Rabbi Tendler is past the point of no return. The situation is bleak. The toothpaste has been squeezed out of the tube and its not going back in. There is no question but that in the days and weeks ahead, we will learn of new and shocking revelations. This is particularly true as long as the person in question and his followers try to defend his behavior and attack his accusers. We could post some additional details here, but we are not certain of the halachic propriety of doing so. There is little doubt, however, that these revelations will be made public in the short term. Brace yourselves.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MT was not fired from YU.
YU cancelled his class!

5:29 AM  
Blogger menchoflamancha said...

the jewish idea. Do you live in New Hempstead?

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jewish Idea is written by a small group of friends. One lives in Forshay, one lives in Wesley Hills, one lives in Teaneck, and one lives in Los Angeles. We have known each other for many years. We do not intend to make our names public. One of our members did reside in New Hempstead at one time.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Ronald Leibish said...

>>>>The Jewish Idea is written by a small group of friends. We do not intend to make our names public. <<<<

A bit gutless or rather hypocritical - I would say, seeing that you profess such high ideals.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What difference does it make what their names are? I am more interested in their ideas, which so far are very interesting.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering if the name of this blog has anything to do with the Kahanist "Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea"? If it does, I'll leave you alone, I don't want to choose between racists and rapists. If this is an unfortunate coincidence, maybe you should see if you can do something to make it clear you're not connected

3:17 AM  
Blogger The Jewish Idea said...

There is no connection between this blog and the Kahane thing. We only found out about the Kahane name after we started this blog.

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to choose between racists and rapists.

As far as I know, Rav Tendler was not accused of being a rapist.
And to call Rav Kahane a racist is a very low thing to say. He was a great Rav. And one day the world will say that he was right.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous the previous anonymous (anti-racist) said...

I won't debate Kahanists. I'm just pleased that the name of this blog doesn't imply any affiliation with that cause

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the Rabbi from New Hamstead, where there is constant message which does not stop the Chofetz Chaim says 'one cn not beleive it but MUST ACT WITH CAUTION AND SUSPECT THAT THERE IS TRUTH' since the rumors will not stop

12:11 PM  

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