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Is it True that ‘No One Really Frum Has a TV’?

With this comment Rabbi Schneierson wiped out of Orthodoxy most of observant Jewry including many Haredim.

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I have no patience for people with small minds, no matter how “frum” they are or how noble their intentions are. I am sick of the mentality that sees frum Jews defined in increasingly narrow terms. But what makes me even angrier is that he influences so many young people who come to him with a mind full of mush… to end up thinking just like him.

He thinks TV is bad… and that a frum home should not have a TV? Fine. He is entitled to that opinion. But there are ways to get your message across without de-legitimizing the majority of observant Jewry. Just because you want to impress how terrible TVs on the minds of your students – does not give you the right to look at other observant Jews as not observant.

Rabbi Schneierson could use a heavy dose of mussar in how to relate to fellow religious Jews or Jews in general. It is not by calling them not frum.

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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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One Response to “Is it True that ‘No One Really Frum Has a TV’?”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Isn’t this article a coincidence? My wife just mentioned that she came back from her Gym/Exercise facility and complained that all the Haredim women would be sitting on exercise machines, not using/working them but rather sitting on them and watching TV. She had to go to the manager to kick them off so that she could exercise.
    So much for TVs. The same could be said about computers and iPhones.

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