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Of ‘Torah Haters’ and Noah Feldman

Minister Lapid should not be judged by a few offhand comments spoken in angry response to being constantly attacked as a Torah hater.
American author and professor of law at Harvard Law School Noah Feldman.

American author and professor of law at Harvard Law School Noah Feldman.

In that same edition of Mishpacha Eytan Kobre has an interesting review of the recent Pew survey on American Jewry. Strangely enough I agreed with some of what he said – which is beside the point I want to make. In what has to be the most out of character way of making his point about the flourishing nature of Orthodox Jewry he quotes Noah Feldman’s salute to Lakewood that was published in Bloomberg.

The point Rabbi Kobre makes is that Feldman who was raised in a Modern Orthodox home and attended Modern Orthodox schools wrote an article that was highly critical of Modern Orthodoxy but sees the future of Judaism in a place like Lakewood.

The problem is that Noah Feldman has a more famous (or should I say infamous) claim to fame. He married a non Jewish woman. She did not convert. His children are not Jewish. This is a man who went off the Derech in the ultimate way by marrying out… someone that Charedim would hardly use to make a point. It’s like quoting the Al Capone about the beauty of following the law. Who knows… Maybe Charedim don’t think marrying out is so bad. At least not so long as they say nice things about them.

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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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5 Responses to “Of ‘Torah Haters’ and Noah Feldman”

  1. Ira L. Jacobson says:

    Mr. Maryles shpuld become familar with Israeli Hebrew usage. Hilonim are by definition non-religious. Masortim ar by definition traditional, meaning they pick and choose what mitzvot to observe.
    Having thus pointed out, the author's thesis crumbles away.

  2. Kenneth Mathews says:

    "Lapid should not be judged by a few offhand comments spoken in angry response to being constantly attacked as a Torah hater. He should be judged by what his stated goals are."

    Men certainly should not be judged by their stated goals (their words). Men should be judged by their actions (especially their habitual actions overtime.) By this measure, Mr Lapid is certainly shown to be an opportunist using the need to address unsustainable dependency to undermine those committed to rigorous Torah-observance. Mr. Lapid habitually strives to whip up maximum hostility and fear while intentionally designing his"reforms" to make any transition as difficult and disrupting as possible. Israel needs a statesman to address this issue unfortunately the job has been given to Mr. Lapid.

  3. Apparently Mr Maryles does not know Lapid's track record. He has been vilifying, slandering any & all orthodox group & rabbis for many years. Even before deciding to go from journalist to politics. He was brought up hating religious Jews by his late father. Lapid blamed orthodox Jews for every problem in the state, twisted misquoted fabricated statistics to "prove" that orthodox Jews are a cancerous parasite. e.g. "all hhareidim avoid the draft, while all hhilonim join the army". The truth being that many hhareidim do indeed serve & 25% of hhilonim avoid the draft but nobody says peep about that. Also hid that fact that a large percentage of hhareidim do alternative public/state service that no or almost hhilonim are willing to do. Also he hid the fact that the army is incapable of absorbing a full hhareidi draft. He openly stated when he announced his intention to enter politics that he planned to take apart the orthodox world.

  4. Lisa Kamins says:

    I think the saying,"the path to hell is paved with the stones of good intentions" can be applied to most of the people, writers and politicians, discussed in this article.

  5. Lisa Kamins says:

    I think the saying,"the path to hell is paved with the stones of good intentions" can be applied to most of the people, writers and politicians, discussed in this article.

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