Monroe, NY - NY Magazine Article On Kiryas Joel, Is An Escape From The Holier-than-Thou Journalist
Monroe, NY - Yet another hate-filled, biased and anti-religious article appeared in the New York media this week— under the headline ‘Escape From the Holy Shtetl’ one that for obvious reasons was not reprinted by VIN News but which stoked a firestorm of controversy. A young woman still finding her place in the world tears her beautiful daughter between father and mother and the stable and shifting lives they respectively live—but the writer takes the mother’s side without so much as an attempt at interviewing her hapless ex-husband or his co-religionists, painting him, and his entire faith community, as sinister, backwards fanatics while regurgitating virtually every Chasidic stereotype. After considerable feedback from our readers requesting comment, VIN News submits its opinion below.
It’s a thunderingly useless universe that New York Magazine’s Mark Jacobson, a sniveling bigot if there ever was one, must certainly inhabit.
Primal hatreds so lavishly couched in affected sophistication are hardly found in such maddening supply as in the rapacious ravings of Mr. Jacobson and his clique, false liberals who put the lie to their pompously self-proclaimed tolerance by their embrace of the day’s flash-in-the-pan non-mores and their smug intolerance to anything resembling a life wisely lived. Goebbels would be proud.
Else how to explain his unabashed reinvention of a clearly troubled, and yes, worthy, young lady as a lone crusader against the might of those mindless minions from Planet Monroe? Could it be they don’t want a child growing up thinking drugs, and worse, are okay?
Mr. Jacobson’s scurrilous screed is the latest car in a never-ending train of deft, snide broadsides against religion, Orthodox Judaism, and “Hasidism” (whatever that is) that has ridden the rails of New York’s left-wing media monoliths since Chasidim planted American roots post-World War II.
It would seem that Jacobson would have tender four-year-olds raised on diets of directionlessness instead of walking with the existence-explaining lessons of the ages.
Granted, there are issues in Kiryat Joel—issues that have even lifelong KJ natives growing increasingly restless, though “symptoms” is possibly the better appellation—primarily, the troglodyte terrorists, and perverts who call themselves the Vaad HaTznius. Neither trained in civil service nor licensed in any of the mental-health arts, this nameless, faceless goon squad perpetrates the vilest of home invasions, acts of intimidation and utter lack of classic Jewish ‘mentchlichkeit’ in their misguided Mafia tactics in a war long lost.
It is high time for the death of the Vaad HaTznius as we now know it—and its radical rebirth as a professional, sensitive organization complete with the currently-lacking office, phone number and credentials. If there is one sole reason for Gitty and others like her to jump the ship of faith, it is the Vaad HaTznius.
But there are issues everywhere. Any authentically open-minded liberal, unlike the current iteration of Mr. Jacobson, will readily admit that happiness is no more readily found in the decadent indulgences of secular humanism than it is in the regimented, simplistic lifestyles of religious isolationism.
Even Gitty Grunwald herself, that unwitting new champion of Manhattanesque materialism, admits as much when of her KJ hometown she informs Mr. Jacobson: “I envy them sometimes. They never have to make another decision in their whole lives.”
Tellingly, Mr. Jacobson does not pursue that angle. But naturally, lofty journalist that he is, gleefully renders the Vaad Hatznius as the rule, not the exception, while blithely ignoring the astoundingly effective social-justice ecosystem that thrives in KJ (and every other major Orthodox community). We ask: when was the last time anyone read an article in the secular media profiling the so many good deeds and organizations of the Chasidic Orthodox community? And we rhetorically wonder: do these slanted smears really reflect nothing more than jealousy of a societal model that, for all its warts, still works better than today’s mainstream? It sure seems that way.
To Ms. Grunwald, we say that the answer is not out there. It’s inside. Happiness can be yours, even in Kiryat Joel, whose doors will lovingly remain open should the key of honest exploration be used to turn their handles. So do the right thing.
And to Mr. Jacobson, estranged cousin of a fellow Jew, about the kindest reaction we can muster is to smile in disapproval while reminding you that journalism once meant getting the facts. And while you’re at it, do scrutinize your soul and get in touch with your true feelings. You see, change the byline and you’ve got a piece Matt Hale could have written himself—and that anti-Semitism should rightfully shock you.
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