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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Quote of the Week

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz of Project Yes, a division of Agudath Israel:

Let’s face it. Blogging is here to stay and people will respond to my columns in one way or another. On my website or on someone else’s. If anything, the exponential advances in technology will only add to this phenomenon of instant polling and interactive discussions in ways we cannot even imagine at this time.

I think that I am best off following the sage advice of Dovid Hamelech (Kind David), who, sadly, knew a thing or two about discord and adversity. “Be’komim alay me’reim tish’mana aznei (Tehilim 92:8)– When my adversaries rise against me, my ears should hear [their words].” There is a Chassidic interpretation that Dovid prayed to Hashem that he maintain the moral strength to carefully listen to the rebuke of the people who were criticizing him, rather than ignore their words as those of ‘enemies.’ I ought not get defensive or reactionary, but rather reflect on the criticism of those who took the time to post the comments – and hopefully grow from reviewing them.

2 Comments:

Blogger TheProf said...

WOW, I can't believe that someone who is part of an organization which officially bans blogging and the internet in general should be willing to listen to the complaints and often rebukes of those who are in defiance of his official position. maybe if more of mainstream ultra-Orthodox hierarchy would at least open their eyes to all this, we could counteract some of the influence that the bloggers have on our society in general. Leapa? Comments?

10:03 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Well, those on the front lines fighting for Torah Yiddishkeit see something very different than some who end up bloviating behind a podium.

"What you see from here you don't see from there".

11:17 AM  

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