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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Wages of Sin or Wages of Freedom?

Back in January I posted a piece on the various anti-religious blogs founded by Chassidic or Chareidi Jews.

Amazingly, about five of these popular shkutzim blogs have recently closed their doors officially! One even said that he wants to learn more and removed all of his posts!

Wonder why?

Here are my two cents: (based partially on e-mail conversations with two bloggers)

At a certain point, an intellectually honest person arrives at the conclusion that no matter how many inconsistencies he sees in yiddishkeit or our community, it is, (as Winston Churchill said about democracy) 'the worst system except for any other'.

Moreover, writing about one's doubts, and putting them out there, is an intellectually healthy way to air them and eventually see reality with more clarity. As I said then: "all (doubts) are best confronted in the open". And so it was.

So my compliments to the owners of the shuttered blogs, and my hope that they one day use their talent and return to the blogosphere in a positive manner.

Critics of blogging: please take note!

Footnote: Many of the other shkutzim are slowing their posting, too.


Blogger DarkBlueHat said...

If you insult them, they may feel the need to come back again. Isn't benign neglect a more useful strategy?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous kendall deerson said...

one must always take the high road in the public arena. character assination has no place for any Jew who feels the need to express his opinions. statements that border on venomous slander and libel will only alienate a person even more. sounds a lot worse in english when you translate the issur of avak lashorah and loshon harah which may be mutar but is lechatchilah better to be nohaig l'chumrah.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

dbh: I didn't think I insulted them, and I sort of doubt they're following this particular blog. But please enlighten me.

Kendall: I agree. Did you find loshon hora in the post?

11:42 PM  
Anonymous kendall deerson said...

technically probably not but that my point. these are words of a slanderous nature. some might even laud your statements as a mitzvah as you champion the Truth Justice and the Torah Way. However you have to be a SuperJew ie Godol to make this kind of determination. i am very wary of Jewish politics especially frum Jewish politics. people who get on their bully pulpit and bash the evil of society using individuals as straw men to make their point.

3:42 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

I think I realize what you all mean. The word 'shkutzim' (?)

I'm sorry, but either 'shaigetz' or 'apikoros' is what they call themselves. I was using their lingua franca, not my own.

If any bloggers of that genre read this, please confirm.

9:38 AM  

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