Dear Matzav Shmooze,
I am an Instagram blogger and feel the need to respond to a letter written on this site earlier this week.
The letter bashes Jewish Instagram bloggers, calling out their hashkafos and tznius levels before saying that it’s better to follow a non Jewish account than to follow them.
In the Instagram world we call this writer a “Hater” – person that cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. In Yiddish we call this a infarginner.
Here’s the thing about haters – if you are so bothered by someone’s Instagram page you have a very easy solution. On the top of the page there’s a button to click and problem solved! You are now unfollowing this account and you won’t have to see them again. But haters usually keep on following so they can hate more.
A lot of the the people popular Instagram accounts are actually business accounts and are using social media to promote their business. So you’re actually actively trying to take away business from Jewish people.
Also just because someone is on different level of frumkeit than you doesn’t mean you can’t associate with them! This is the holier-than-thou attitude that turns people off from becoming frummer. Do you not walk on the street because you might see someone with a shorter skirt than you? Maybe you should follow these accounts you dislike – if only to teach yourself a lesson in how to accept frum Jews who are different than you.