web analytics
December 23, 2014 / 1 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Another Haredi Tells It Like It Is

Rabbi Grylak blames the Israeli Yated -- specifically naming its editor Nati Grossman for fomenting enmity and violence by vilifying anyone that does not agree with extremist views.
Rav Shmuel Auerbach

Rav Shmuel Auerbach
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Sometimes he’s right on the money and sometimes I think he’s profoundly wrong. But that does not take away from his integrity – which Rabbi Moshe Grylak demonstrated this week in his weekly Mishpacha Magazine editorial.  I believe he has got it right.

His subject is the painful war between two factions within the Haredi camp. One side is the extremist camp of Rav Shmuel Auebach! (Oh, how far the apple has fallen from the tree!) The other side is the faction that supports the relatively moderate views of centenarian rabbinic leader Rav Aharon Leib Steinman.

I say ‘relatively’ moderate because he is strongly opposed to things which I support and feel are beneficial to the entire population. From the avowedly secular to the  religious of all stripes. Rav Steinman opposes (among other things) changing the current paradigm of learning full time in Yeshivos, eliminating the exemption of all Haredim from the military draft, and installing a core curriculum of secular studies into their schools. He considers current attempts by the government to do so – an evil decree perpetrated by evil people. He prays every day that God rescind the evil decree.

But at the same time he is moderate in the sense that he respects the law and urges all Haredim to follow it and register for the draft. That is of course the rational thing to do, the smart thing to do, and in my view the ethical thing to do.

Rav Auerbach will have none of that. He is telling his supporters to violate the law and not register for the draft.

So intransigent is he on this issue that he has broken away from Degel HaTorah – the mainstream Haredi party guided by the mainstream Haredi rabbinic leaders – and formed his own party called Bnei Torah.

The well publicized response is in the form of Rav Chaim Kanievsky declaring the formation of this party to be Chilul Hashem of major proportions, and a brazen insult to the Gadol HaDor.  He forbade any Haredim from supporting this party in any way. As reported here last Friday he has mandated a counter measure to fight this new party. A form was created pledging support to Degel HaTorah to be signed by all Avreichim on pain of expulsion from Kollel if they refuse. Rav Auerbach for his part is urging Avrechim not to sign it.

The fallout of the extremist views and rhetoric coming out of Rav Auerbach’s quarters has spawned a lunatic Avreich from the Rav Auerbach camp to physically attack Rav Steinman.

Here is where Rabbi Grylak’s wisdom on this issue comes in. From his editorial in Mishpacha:

In our bleakest dreams, we never imagined the devastation within our community would be so profound. But what happened last Wednesday morning after Israel’s municipal elections was worse than anything we ever expected to see; holy barriers were breached, a clear warning sign for us to brake, stop, and reflect. It’s time for us to make a thorough, exhaustive moral inventory, and to be brutally honest in our conclusions.

He took the words right out of my mouth. Words I have myself written right here on this blog. Of course when I say them I am accused of Haredi bashing. But Rabbi Grylak is a card carrying Haredi. His feet are firmly implanted there. At the same time he is a man of integrity that sees what is happening and is not afraid to tell it like it is. He questions the very morality of his beloved community.

Not that he thinks his Haredi Hashkafa is immoral. He would vigorously deny it – as would I. The Haredi hashkafa in its purest form is moral. Although I have a different Hashkafa I never questioned that.  What is immoral is in how his Hashkafos are currently being carried out.

Rabbi Grylak questions exactly the same thing I question. And comes to the same conclusions. While it is true that it was a lunatic that attacked Rav Steinman, one has to examine what brought him to express his lunacy in this way. Here is how he puts it:

On Wednesday morning, an unthinkable crime took place. Perhaps it was the product of a lengthy vilification campaign in which people were incited to believe evil things about Rav Steinman shlita. The agitators succeeded in planting shameful lies in the hearts of some bnei Torah, feeding them the outrageous accusations (about) Rav Steinman…

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.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Another Haredi Tells It Like It Is”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Binyamin and Chaya Maryles, uncle and aunt of Emes Ve-Emunah author Harry Maryles.
Current Top Story
Yaron Sidman, (center) Israel's Consul General for Philadelphia and the 5 state surrounding area, spoke to a hundreds strong crowd at Adath Israel in Suburban Philadelphia, Dec. 17, 2014. State Senator Anthony Williams (left, rear), waiting to speak.
Philly Ties Har Nof Victims’ Shloshim to Hanukkah Theme of Rededication
Latest Blogs Stories
Sabraman

Sabraman: Israel’s first superhero, combining the courage of the Sabra and the faith of Abraham.

Mir

Is Haredi open-ended learning on charity better than earning a living that would obviate that?

chanuka

Hanuka is the miracle of emunah- belief in the L-rd of Israel and the light of our faith.

Lehava head led away in handcuffs

Limiting Jewish success and revival is that the anti-Jewish, anti-History Left rules here in Israel

The crisis in Jewish education is of existential importance. How should it be resolved?

BBC GUIDELINES ON TERRORISM: The word “terrorist” itself can be a barrier rather than an aid…

Discussion with entrepreneur William Heinecke on how he became a young, successful businessman

Did Cuba apologize for their spies the way Israel apologized for Pollard?

Nothing binds Jews together more than Torah observance; Or so one would think.

Sukkah tinsel decorations enjoy a robust market but are invariably manufactured for “another”holiday

A number of Israeli papers regurgitated a biased AP article on settlement growth, but they should have read it more carefully before hitting publish.

Many of the battles of the Maccabees were right here in the Shiloh area.

Both Labor and Likud are expected to get more seats in the upcoming elections.

Get a straight answer from Edward de Bono to the question: What is lateral thinking?

Jewish communities worldwide commemorate Yehudit during Chanukah by eating dairy foods in her honor

Israel’s problem isn’t Indyk, Obama, UN, NGOs or even the media; Our problem is much closer to home.

More Articles from Harry Maryles
Mir

Is Haredi open-ended learning on charity better than earning a living that would obviate that?

Young Ultra Orthodox kids sit in a classroom in a school in the neighborhood of Neve Yaakov in Jerusalem

The crisis in Jewish education is of existential importance. How should it be resolved?

Nothing binds Jews together more than Torah observance; Or so one would think.

When Rabbi Shafran, Chief Spokesman for Agudah talks about his own battle with heresy, that’s news.

The shelf life of parliamentary government is about 2 years, hardly enough time to get anything done

Obviously, the better part of caution is to report credible reports of abuse directly to the police.

{Originally posted on author’s website, Emes Ve-Emunah} It seems so simple to me. So Logical. It makes so much sense. And yet it seems that logic is thrown out the window when it comes to the ways in which Charedi leaders in Israel view it. The ‘it’ I’m talking about is economically integrating itself productively […]

The Chilul HaShem of religious Jews-long beards&wearing religious garb-acting like inner-city thugs

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/haemtza/another-haredi-tells-it-like-it-is/2013/11/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: