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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Blogosphere

Before I post my next letter (to Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel), let's just review some recent statistics made apparent by Election Day and night on November 7.

The major blog search engine (Technorati) crashed, brought down by the thirst of citizens for fresh, accurate and local information.

Technorati is now tracking 57 million blogs, 100,000 new ones every day. 55% are fairly current. Every major media source now operates one or more blogs, most operate several. (Hamodia and Yated please take note.) More important, only 40% of total blogs are in English (Farsi has just cracked the top 10 languages, replacing Dutch).

So blogs are a good tool for those in repressive societies.

And more importantly, they are a big portion of news gathering today, the watchdog of both politicians and media, keeping both honest.

Precisely the goal of the Founding Fathers in enshrining a free press.

Is a free press good for the Jews?

Well, how good for the Jews are those countries which don't allow a free press?

(Incidentally, why do The Jewish Observer, Hamodia, and Yated have 'Letters to the Editor'? )


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To the author of this blogspot:
I wish to share with you a concept from Harav Yosef Leib Bloch Ztzl of Telz written in his Shiurei Daas entitled "Im Rishonim K'Malochim". He explains why Shaul Hamelech's pure integrity and former gadlus of stature collapsed after Dovid Hamelech was anointed by Shmuel. Shaul foresaw that Malchus Bais Dovid would not bode well for Klal Yisroel. A fact actually born out by history, as started by Rechovom ben Shlomo and much later by King Menashe. He felt that a Malchus Bais Shaul, which he saw as having a greater degree of loyalty to Torah, would be more beneficial to the future of Klal Yisroel. An admirable idea for sure. If so, why then did Shaul's idealistic concept collapse and Hashem decree that Shaul's dynasty was not to be? Explains the Rosh Yeshiva Ztzl, because Shaul's underlying ultimate reason was that he selfishly wanted Malchus Bais Shaul. His rationalization was that Dovid's dynasty would not be good. Since Shaul's personal desire, not an altruistic reason, was behind his hounding Dovid, his quest was doomed to failure. Hameivin Yovin.

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