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Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

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Chassidim are held to a higher standard, as they should be. Hence, their deeds and behavior are examined through a magnifying glass. Notwithstanding the fallout from the negative publicity garnered by the shameful acts of some unscrupulous individuals, we should know better than to judge a whole people because of the actions of a few.

As Jews, we are not lacking for enemies needing little excuse to trash and bash us. But it is most unsettling when our own choose to have their voices heard rather than to check out the facts – or, better yet, keep mum.

Thank you for addressing this injustice. Shedding light on the truth will hopefully counter the damaging effects of tale-bearing and evil speech … and ameliorate the tzar of the tragic victim’s neshama.

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4 Responses to “Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities”

  1. Arielle Kuperberg says:

    "the propagation of vicious slander that only serves to compound this family’s pain. How any blogger/writer/Facebook poster/friend-come-lately has the temerity to sit in judgment of those whose shoes they never walked in defies all logic." Indeed, indeed. How dare you do this to this poor woman who can no longer defend herself. How dare you sit in judgement of her, based on hearsay.

  2. Dasi Schnee says:

    How dare these people judge a woman who went through nothing but hell. Is it really so hard to fathom that Judaism is possibly oppressive. Don't judge until you are in another person's shoes. That is, unless they are OTD/ and or kill themselves. Instead of feeling sympathy for the individual you protect the community.

  3. Very very well written!

  4. Sara Maimon says:

    imagine someone who was denied normal visits with his children because he had become baal teshuva. horrors, his older son might even want to wear a yamuka like daddy! you'd be up in arms wouldn't you? but when its a parent becomeing non frum you think its ok to treat him like a child molester….

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