Married and Navigating Jewish Life

Blogging about marriage and relationships

I just wanna scream! My favorite paper, the Jewish Press, has something in it that made me shudder and sad

with 6 comments

We are an avid reader of the Jewish Press, in fact we rarely buy any of the other Jewish Weekly papers. Why? Because I dislike how a lot of the columns and articles are written and I enjoy the fact that the Jewish Press connects all aspects of the Jewish world together more. I have been reading the Jewish Press since I can remember and my wife has begun to read it more often than she had since we had gotten married. I always point out the paper to my friends and usually defend it to my more ‘Yeshivish’ friends.

However, this past weeks paper was atrocious.

There was one article that infuriated me to the core of my being, and although my wife agreed with me, she wasn’t as upset as I was…hense why you get to read this tirade straight from my fingers typing across the keyboard.

On page 69, Rabbi David B. Hollander writes the Sedrea of the Week. Now, you would believe that it is really apart the parsha, about a great idea from the parsha that should infuse our souls with a sense of ‘Wow, we love Hashem.’ It isn’t. The main point of the article is bashing Yeshiva Chovevi Torah (YCT) and how they are not orthadox and that the Yeshivas need to ban together and make sure that the ‘real’ Yeshivas are the only ones with the title. This is a very sad thing to read about. 1) The article didn’t really mention anything from the Torah 2) Was used to bash a Yeshiva that the Rabbi disagreed about and 3) I am tired to hearing about all the crap that Jews fling at one another because one sect of Judaism disagrees with another sect because they hold of this or ruled like that or it says it here no it says it there…WHERE IS THE ACHDUS? WHERE IS THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EACH SIDE?

Tell me how much longer do we need to fight amongst ourselves? Will we ever try and reconcile the differences? Rabbis disagree on Halacha all the time, that is why there is differences between Rabbis, Communities, Shuls, People, etc. This is why we have Ashkenazi, Sefardi, Yeshivish, Modern Orthadox, etc…we all come from the same Torah but do we treat each other like that? No of course not. We’d rather spit acid and fire flames from our eyes at a person because they hold of the eruv in Flatbush or because they hold of this kosher symbol or because their child goes to a certain school..

Now Avakesh has a great post on his blog concerning what the Yated had written about YCT and their response to all the blogging/emails/comments against them due to their condemnation of YCT. At least the Yated Ne’eman had the guts to respond and actually do so constructively.


Written by frombrooklyn

March 11, 2007 at 5:06 AM

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I agree with you on the Jewish Press and feel it’s underappreciated by a lot of frum Jews who don’t realize it’s the only Jewish weekly out there that champions Modern Orthodoxy and the State of Israel. As for Hollander, he’s just a columnist, so he’s entitled to his views. Meanwhile the Jewish Press recently ran a front-page piece by Chovevei Torah’s Rabbi Saul Berman — on Martin Luther King yet! What other Orthodox publication would do that?


    March 11, 2007 at 11:57 AM

  2. Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch has pointed out the posuk 8:16 in Zechariah first says there must be truth, because without truth there cannot be shalom. Rabbi Hollander is more than just a columnist, he has been a Rav of a shul for far longer than Avi Weiss and has stood up for the principles of Modern Orthodoxy for many, many years. It is Avi Weiss who you should scream at for not speaking the truth about Torah and for tearing Orthodoxy apart.


    March 29, 2007 at 6:33 PM

  3. It is disgraceful that a column in a Jewish Newspaper which was supposed to be dedicated to the Sedra of the Week was used to just bash another branch of Judaism. That fact does not and will never change.


    March 30, 2007 at 3:45 AM

  4. I suppose those who discover a supposedly kosher store is selling unacceptable as kosher products should not “bash” the perpetrator? Avi Weiss has been peddling his own brand of “Orthodoxy” which I have from my own experience seen be to unOrthodox and in defiance to the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik. Rabbi Hollander has said what needed to be said. Let Avi Weiss clean up his act or stop pretending to be something he isn’t.


    April 5, 2007 at 5:15 AM

  5. Rav Soloveitchik isn’t the only brand of Jewishness in town.

    Your experience isn’t everyone elses. No one has the right to condemn another Jew because they follow a different way. No Jew has that right. You can go ahead and not agree with them, but you can’t condemn them.

    And once again you dodge the entire issue. He had no right to use a column about the parsha to bash another Jew. That is disgraceful!


    April 5, 2007 at 6:50 PM

  6. if you’ve been reading the jewish press for so many years then i am surprised this is the first time you are disturbed by one of his columns. also note that historically his iggud harabonim has not exactly been a voice for moderation and tolerance.

    ari kinsberg

    April 17, 2007 at 7:21 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: