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A ‘Fake’ Haredi?

It is to Jonathan Rosenblum’s great credit that he has written this critical essay in a Haredi publication.
Haredim plan to paint Highway 1 black at the entrance to Jerusalem Sunday.

Haredim plan to paint Highway 1 black at the entrance to Jerusalem Sunday.
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Unfortunately the ‘mind your won business’ types won’t listen to anyone outside of their own community since they see our hashkafos as illegitimate and therefore – so too our criticism.

But when one of their own, Jonathan Rosenblum has been saying virtually the same thing I have. Now more clearly than ever. They can’t tell him to mind his own business.

All they can do is use the “No true Scotsman” argument. They will simply discount Jonathan’s very real criticisms by say that Jonathan is simply not one of them. How could he be? No true Haredi would say these kinds of things! He’s a fake Haredi!

It is to Jonathan’s great credit that he has written this essay in a Haredi publication. It takes some courage to open oneself up to the kind of criticism this will no doubt generate by some in his circles. I recall his description of the fear one prominent rabbinic personality expressed of being called a fake gadol if he truly spoke his mind. Not so Jonathan. One can agree or disagree – but he is one Haredi that believes in telling it like it is.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.

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