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Thursday, July 4, 2013
The Inexcusable Sinas Modern Orthodox (MO) for Hareidim
The Inexcusable sinas Modern Orthodox (MO) for Hareidim !
When first reading it I did a double take. Is this Eliyahu Fink (Eli) or did I mistakenly wander over to Dovbear or Failled Messaiah The Successful Bigot?
Alas, it is indeed (Eli). Leaving aside for the moment the linkage that Eli creates, tenuous at best and defamatory at worst, let us instead adopt Eli's formula and see where it leads us.
It has been said that Jewish history is quite simple.
There is an old fable which depicts the Jewish condition. The drinking water all the animals depended upon was being contaminated. Nobody was able to identify the culprit. Finally, the animal leaders met, examined the facts, and sentenced a poor, hapless goat to death for the crime.
The goat protested that it was unfair to blame him for something he could not have done. He had a perfect alibi: He had never even been near the water.
“You’re right,” replied the wolf. “Maybe it’s not your fault. but we have to kill you.”
In the Middle Ages, when plagues spread throughout Europe, the Jews were always blamed. “The Jews poisoned the wells!” was the refrain that led to the butchery of tens of thousands of our forebears. Whenever there was a problem afflicting the general population, Jews were the scapegoat.
Ever since those dark days, Jews have been attempting to prove that they are normal, productive, loyal citizens. Usually for naught.
“You’re right,” the anti-Semites inevitably respond, “but we hate you anyway.”
Back at the very beginning, the nochosh was victorious with his venomous power of leitzonus, scoffing to Chava about the Ribbono Shel Olam. To persuade her to sin, the snake mocked holiness. Ever since, cynicism and scorn have been realities we must deal with. Kedushah, holiness, has for eternity encountered contemptuous resistance. The face of the opponent may be charming, but the motivations are those of the snake.
The sinas am ha’aretz for a talmid chochom is nothing new. As long as there have been Yidden doing mitzvos, they have been scorned by others. Under the guise of concern over social welfare and with calls to “share the burden,” those who fear Hashem have been accused of being anti-social parasites almost forever.
Rabi Akiva (Pesachim 49b) said regarding himself, that in his earlier years as a shepherd when he was not yet familiar with Torah, his hatred of a talmid chochom was intense: “If I saw a talmid chochom,” he recalled, “I wished to bite him like a donkey (whose bite hurts more than that of a dog).”
In telling the story of how Rochel, daughter of the fabulously wealthy Kalba Savua, chose the shepherd, Akiva, for a husband despite her father’s protestations, the Gemara (Kesubos 62b) depicts him as a kind and humble person.
Tosafos points out that although he was gentle and compassionate, he still wished he could bite another human being with the aim of causing him great pain. Despite the fact that he was a shepherd, engaged in a vocation that requires tenderness, and notwithstanding his nature as a good, kind, sympathetic and loving individual, he was consumed with hatred for talmidei chachomim.
Such is the malice of genial, gentle am haaratzim towards talmidei chochomim. That is the way it has always been ever since the Torah was given on Har Sinai, and that is the way it is today.
So get ready for the onslaught, because here we go again.In the days before the combine harvester came along wheat was generally harvested before it was ripe (chayei odom klal 128) in order to prevent wheat shattering,
then it was threshed separately after drying, (for p’shutim it was dried in the field and for shmure it was watched while it dried).
Since the combine came along this changed, the wheat has to be dead and dry before harvest, so it can be cut and threshed at once.
This is where the problem starts, in the eastern states where it rains during the harvest season you know for sure it rained on ripe wheat, so its only good b’shaas hadchak (when there’s no other Joice) (t’shuvos meil tz’duku 69).
Wheat has to dry down to 13% moisture before its stored or it will spoil, A farmer that has available a drier will harvest his wheat at 20% moisture and take on the extra cost of drying in order to save the quality of his wheat, from this stage the rain will hurt the crop and it can sprout which is chometz.
That’s the benefit of growing wheat in Arizona, it doesn’t rain in the day’s when the wheat is mature till it’s dry for harvest and storage.
But Eli Fink #efink goes on to tell us that the trip to the southeast for wheat is really about the continued competitiveness for leadership of the sect between Reb Aharon Teilebaum, the older brother and Reb Zalman Leib.
The go to guy on understanding these matters is sociologist Dr. Samuel Heilman of New York who has a knack for breaking things down to the level of the absurd explains to the Times that this aspect of the competition between the two is one saying to the other, “my Matzo is more kosher than yours.”
So what do we know after reading this story?
This is what Eli has to say:
"Now I think I can understand why the NY Times found this so interesting. Growing wheat in Arizona so it doesn’t rain on the wheat? It’s irrational. It is religion without reason. It’s exotic, archaic, and mystical. It’s not the Judaism that so many of us practice. It’s a Judaism that almost purposely does not make rational sense and is purely mystical. That’s front page news"
Instead of focusing on Dikduk Hamitzvos Eli Fink looks to glorify machlokes during the 3 weeks. leave it up to the MO rabbis to turn any davar shebbikdusha into a machlokes and chilul hashem. This is pure Sinas chinom! Perhaps the Successful Bigot and #efink trying to one up each other in disguise, over who can spread a chilul hashem who can show the world how bad the Charedim are.