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Monday, February 05, 2007

Now, That'll Solve Their Problem

The NYT reports that Williamsburg has a problem with boys in Oorah billboard ads appearing without peyos, and kosher food delivery services sporting web addresses.

They're right. Judging by the blogosphere and elsewhere, Oorah should be quite busy being m'karav Williamsburg youth, such as those in the billboard pictures, to Yiddishkeit.

The slippery slope:


  1. Seeing a billboard of a boy without peyos
  2. Ordering food
  3. Sheol Tachtis?

The sad outcome is blatant (particularly before Shacharis)

Hat Tip: Orthomom

6 Comments:

Blogger TheProf said...

One of the problems with a xenophobic society is its inaobility to cope and address any deviant issues that arise, especially if they arise due to the xenophobic nature of that society. While the "outside" world (various kiruv organizations such as those for at-risk or post-risk youth) recognize the problems in the Williamsburg community, the Williamsburg community itself doesn't. Or does but seems to be incapicated by its xenophobic nature. Its inate inability to cope and address issues which it doesn't officially recognize as being reality.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous david said...

To be fair, this was the work of one kanoi, so I think it's inappropriate to say "Williamsburg has a problem". Satmar Bikur Cholim will give any type of Jew free meals in the hospital.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

David: How do you know that it was one kanoi? And if it indeed was, how do you know the community doesn't take pride in his misguided kanouis?

And no one will quibble with the outstanding chesed of Satmar.

The exclusive and small minded chinuch is the issue here, one which hurts yiddishkeit over the long term, even if that type of klein keppeldik shprach may have been viewed as necessary for a brief post war moment.

Martin Luther King wanted to maintain that good deeds can compensate for sin, but I'm not sure that is our hashkafo.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous david said...

'How do you know that it was one kanoi? '

I don't know if it was one or ten, but figuratively it's 'one'.

'And if it indeed was, how do you know the community doesn't take pride in his misguided kanouis?'

Well, I'm trying to be dan lchaf zchus.

'The exclusive and small minded chinuch is the issue here, one which hurts yiddishkeit over the long term, even if that type of klein keppeldik shprach may have been viewed as necessary for a brief post war moment.'

Is this not a problem by all the subgroups of Orthodox Jewry? Doesn't each group think that Moshiach will be from one of their 'type'?

10:06 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Doesn't each group think that Moshiach will be from one of their 'type'?

That's a sickness.

11:48 AM  
Blogger TheProf said...

A basic problem with Jews is that they are a naturally divisive people. The reason being that Hashem actually wanted them to be a nation of nations, starting with the fact that we were 12 tribes, each with its own set of traditions and dialect, as well as flag and tribal identity. This divisiveness continued after the tribe of Yehudah survived into the era of the 2nd bayis. And along with that came such a rampant sinaas chinom that Hashem threw us all out. You would think that knowing all this we would now try to become somewhat untied. A nechtiger tug. During the 2nd bayis we were essentially divided into two camps. Today we are divided into who knows how many splinter groups. thinking that everybody will automatically become "your" type when Moshiach comes is so wrong. Moshiach's mission is to bring achdus and sholom to klal yisroel, but each within his own mode of traditions and heritage.

2:56 PM  

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