Brooklyn, NY - CBS2 Report Culture Shock: Secret Lives Of Hasidic Jews
Brooklyn, NY - How the frum community should react when some of our most scandalous problem comes to light
Tonight a major media report by CBS TV on Orthodox-community impropriety of the most sordid sort has our entire world talking.
For this reason alone, VIN News cannot simply ignore it; we must say something.
But it is the subject of the report that had our editorial board cogitating late into the night: How indeed are we to react to this?
If we say nothing at all, we merely keep our heads in the sand. The facts are out there, and to say nothing is to be complicit in charges of denial.
But if we say the wrong thing, we risk raising the righteous and justified wrath of our readers and spiritual brethren.
VIN News tried to contact at least one frum authority on the subject of relationships and is working on getting a guest editorial from several others. But in the meantime, we are convinced of one thing: This problem is a symptom—and to truly address the symptom, one must address the cause.
In other words, the outside world in general, and the Internet in particular, are not the problem—just like 75 years ago, when the equivalent of these things happened, the problem was not the automobile or the telephone which facilitated these things.
VIN News will address the root causes in the near future, whether they are lack of personal identification with one’s birth frum community and its beliefs and values, abuse and/or resentment of an endless variety of forms, unhappiness—or any combination of the above. [perhaps in the mean time to read an article posted by VIN News on the issue of marriage]
But in the meantime, VIN News fears an avalanche-like, wild and hysterical emotional reaction on the part of frum leaders and grassroots alike. We therefore urge calm level-headedness and acceptance of the fact that historically, tragically, this is really nothing all too new at all.
Secondly, VIN News calls for an organized, rational community-wide response by our finest mental-health minds. While this is not the first media report of its type and may not be the last, it certainly is one of the biggest, most extensive and most impactful—and therefore, hopefully, may very well be frum-community denial’s last hurrah.
As Rabbi Moshe Tendler, a professor at Yeshiva University, told CBS 2 HD in a response to their report while the isolation in Hasidic life actually works to preserve traditions, there is a downside.
“You can’t put up a wall. You can put up a wall for one generation, two generations. But the wall is always breached. It is not a permanent solution to anything. Education is a permanent solution,” Tendler said.
His advice, “Take the best of the outside world and spit out what is unfit.”
Due to the highly sensitive nature of the subject, if you’d like to comment, VIN News most respectfully requests of our readers to please respond thoughtfully, respectfully and with due deliberation. Inflammatory and/or inappropriate comments will not be published.
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