We rather thought that the text of an obituary was supposed to paint a picture of the life of the departed and its headline to capture the essence of the person. And this would be all the more so with great personages. So we were dismayed by the headline of an article on the passing of Rav Avrohom Pam, zt''l. The headline read, “'He Represented Integrity'/Rabbi Avrohom Pam, Torah sage and leading critic of corruption in fervently Orthodox community, remembered.”
Was the centerpiece of the rich and multi-faceted life of this Torah giant his calling the Orthodox community to scrupulous adherence to the rules of integrity? He spoke about many issues. To us, this is one more example that the folks over at The Jewish Week will never miss an opportunity to engage in Orthodox-bashing, whatever the premise.
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