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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Why Isn't He a Hero to Us?

This post is long overdue. The 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics was co-won by Robert (Yisrael) Aumann, a shomer torah and mitzvos and a talmid chacham. He has written extensively on Chazal's understanding of economic theory, and shown proficiency in both iyyun and bekius though not a Rav or a Rosh Yeshiva.

Moreover, he is an example of kiddush Hashem in the manner in which he accepted the Nobel Prize while scrupulously adhering to Shabbos, and in his speech, which was dedicated to praising Hashem for the opportunities he gave him and for his family, and even in checking his tuxedo for shatnes.

One son died in the service of Israel, and to my knowledge he has not voiced a bitter word. He gives every male grandchild a Shas at Bar Mitzvah to emphasize the primacy of Torah.

And he certainly has preserved a Jewish appearance (even sans shtreimel) in a very unwelcoming secular environment.

So I've got an eensy beensy little question. It is:

Why aren't our (chareidi) children hearing his name and accomplishments as an example and a role model???

3 Comments:

Blogger TheProf said...

Yes it's quite a sad situation when a man like Prof. Aumann is looked at as some sort of weird creature, half talud chachom, half goy and definitely not to be emulated. why attend Touro College and get a degree in accounting and get a nice easy, well paying job, when you can go straight out of kollel and work hard at shlepping boxes in some warehouse or unpacking chocolate bars at a grocery? Or if you're really lucky, you can sit all day and be a cashier at Goldberg's. WOW now if that isn't the tachlis ha'bria, then what is. I hate being racist but fact is that my Polish nephews have good office jobs while my Hungarian family prides itself as menial laborers, chas v'sholom not to go to college.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is frum and Right on the political arenea- so i disagree with you he is someone who is not a traitor, coward or leftist-like alex strom, joe lobenstein or...

7:34 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Anon: who do you disagree with?

11:32 AM  

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