Author of Hate-Filled Article Says Jewish Press Approved It, Firing Is Ufair

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the-jewish-pressThe man fired from the JewishPress.com this week for an article he wrote regarding the atzeres tefillah in New York City on Sunday says that the newspaper’s apology is not genuine and that the article was posted after being approved by his superiors.

The following is a note that Yori Yanover wrote to his former employers at the JewishPress.com.

Dear former employers,

Your email contains this blatant lie: “The article in question was posted without authorization and approval of The Jewish Press newspaper.”

I wrote the article after discussion with my supervisor and then submitted the article for review, as per the protocol you established.

Why you feel the need to spread this lie about me is between you and your Maker, but I must insist on telling the truth.

As to the sentiments expressed in the article:

Whether you agree or not with the article is between you and your Zionist readers who must be wondering whatever has happened to their newspaper. I know I have been. This would be a good WWMKS moment (What would Meir Kahane say)…

That, too, shall pass,

Have a joyous Purim and a liberating Passover, and, finally, in the immortal words of the late Douglas Adams:

Good bye, and thank you for all the fish,

Yori Yanover
Netanya, Israel

The offending, hateful, anti-Torah article:

50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War
By Yori Yanover

For the record, I believe the new Shaked-Lapid-Bennett draft law is by far worse than the one it came to replace, the Tal Law. Most importantly, because the Tal Law was getting results, without the idiotic, needless, divisive rancor generated by the new legislation. Killing the Tal Law, or, rather, issuing an edict that it had to be replaced by something that worked faster, was the parting poisonous gift of Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch, protégé of that beacon of light unto the nations, Chief Justice Aharon (evil genius) Barak.

Since then we’ve seen one demonstration of a few hundred thousand Haredim against the new law in Jerusalem (but not a single day’s work was lost!), and yesterday, in downtown Manhattan, another 50 thousand Haredim marched to condemn the evil decree.

I went on the vosizneias.com website to check out the rally, because I expected them to bring the authentic stuff. I wasn’t disappointed, even though they just lifted the AP story without attribution:

“We’re all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn’t allow for religious learning,” said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. “The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot.”

Every single point made by Peggy Blier is a blatant lie. Of course the law allows for religious learning, it merely suggests that at some point-way past the age non-Haredim serve, and for half the time that normal Israelis give freely of their lives-“religious Jews in Israel” should participate in caring for the security of their country, or, if that’s too much, serve the equivalent time in vital organizations inside their own communities for their own neighbors.

That, according to Peggy Blier, is a conspiracy on the part of the Israeli government to destroy religious society.

Shmuel Gruis, 18, a rabbinical student from Phoenix studying at a Long Island yeshiva, said, “These kids, a lot of them don’t know how to hold a gun. They don’t know what physical warfare is.”

Are you kidding me? Have you ever been to a Shabbes demonstration? Those kids can throw a rock at police like born Palestinians.

“Their whole world and their whole lifestyle is peace and love and in doing mitzvahs,” he said.

OK, who can argue with that description of Haredi behavior? I’m sure non-Haredi women walking the streets of Beit Shemesh or boarding the bus in B’nei B’rak would attest to that pure goodness.

Some of the Hebrew prayers were led by Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, a spiritual head of the Satmars living in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. If the IDF only enlisted the Satmar folks who ever participated in the clashes with the Satmar followers of the other spiritual head of Satmar, they could forge a most brutal and violent commando unit that would put to shame even the late Lee Marvin’s Dirty Dozen (and those included Telly Savalas and Trini Lopez).

Next Verena Dobnik, the AP reporter giving news content for free to Vosizneias, interviewed Yitz Farkas, a member of the Brooklyn-based True Torah Jews organization (step aside, all you False Torah Jews), who informed her that “The problem is, anyone who goes into the Israeli military becomes secular, and that would erase our whole tradition.”

I always enjoy that one. See, you and I are pretty sure the Haredi costume is just that – a costume, underneath which hides a regular Joe, with desires, even lusts, like you and me. The only thing that keeps Joe Haredi from going apecrackers is not the Torah he has learned and integrated into his personality as a shield against evil-it’s the long bekkesh, the velvet yarmulke and the shterimel. Take those away, and Joe Haredi will become a beast overnight.

That, essentially, is the main argument being advanced by the deans of Haredi yeshivas: We have no trust in the Torah we’ve taught our students. we know better. This is why the only means we have of keeping them in line are extreme social pressure and intimidation. You take those away and Joe will spring the trap and become a normal man, availing himself freely of the gifts of a modern society. We can’t afford that. If we do, as Yitz Farkas put it so eloquently, “that would erase our whole tradition.”

The word Haredim is based on Isaiah 66:5: “Hear the word of God, you that tremble at His word.” The “you that tremble” part in Hebrew is “Haharedim el dvaro.” Meaning that there’s urgency on your part to fulfill His word impeccably. It’s not about fear but about devotion.

But the post-Holocaust Haredi world is all about fear. Fear of new things. Fear of books. Fear of voices. And above all, fear that the education a young man receives during his 20 years in a Haredi yeshiva is worthless, because as soon as he encounters the outside world, those 20 years would vanish, melt away like Cholov Yisroel butter on a skillet.

What an astonishing degree of honesty regarding the bankruptcy of an entire school of faith and study.

You know, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was once asked how come he’s not afraid that his Shluchim, the emissaries he was sending out into the farthest and darkest corners of the Earth wouldn’t be tainted by the unholy stuff that surely awaits them there. He responded by citing the laws of kashering-cleansing a vessel in preparation for Passover: k’bol’o ken polto-the way the vessel absorbed the substance so it would let go of it. Meaning that, had the emissary remained clean in body and spirit during his training years, he has nothing to fear “out there.”

I miss him very much. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his passing, and his absence today is felt more than ever before. He would have devoted a segment of a Shabbat farbrengen to the draft bill, and it would have set the whole thing straight: these guys are right on this and wrong on that and vice versa. now go and behave like dignified yidden and stop attacking one another.

What a strange, low-key ending to a piece that began as an exhilarated attack on Haredi IDF bashing. I guess I got tired of it. We’re not going to change the Haredi leadership’s position, we just have to rejoice in a merciful God who made them, like the rest of us, biodegradable.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Rasha Merusha!!!
    At a time when it is a mitzva to destro amalek, we should begin with our own private amaleks.
    This is a despicable article that the JewishPress published and whether they did or did not approve of it, everyone involved will have a lot to answer for after 120 years.
    Good luck.

  2. “the Lubavitcher Rebbe was once asked how come he’s not afraid that his Shluchim, the emissaries he was sending out into the farthest and darkest corners of the Earth wouldn’t be tainted by the unholy stuff that surely awaits them there. He responded by citing the laws of kashering-cleansing a vessel in preparation for Passover: k’bol’o ken polto-the way the vessel absorbed the substance so it would let go of it. Meaning that, had the emissary remained clean in body and spirit during his training years, he has nothing to fear “out there.””

    According to this, if a keli was kosher or tahor from when it was made, it can then freely go and come into contact with non-kosher and tomei things?

    That is not what ?????? ?? ????? means.

  3. Perhaps Yori Yanover submitted the article without a final heading, and that’s why it was approved. The heading “50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War” is reason enough to have him fired. It is malicious,lacking in ahavas Yisrael and the mitzvah of judging one’s neighbour favourably (havei dan es kol ha’adam l’kaf zechus) and incendiary. Shame on Yanover for attributing evil motives without a smidgeon of proof. He was rightly fired.

  4. Yori, what have you to say about your MK Mr. Shetbon, who’s voting against this “law” because he recognizes that this “law” is just a round-about way to weaken the Hareidi people, and ultimately sow division and hatred among the “religious” groups, bringing to their final demise.

  5. Yori Yanover spews hatred on Gedolei Yisroel Kedoshim like he actually knows better… ha!!
    The Jewish Press was right to toss him into the Israeli Zooish Parliment fray. Let him meet with those who willingly cause thousands upon thousands of hours of Bittul Torah, and in doing so, they are directly responsible for killing Israeli soldiers.
    Yori, the next soldier that is injured, CV”S, is on your bloody hands…
    Although the JP is much more Zionistic than the other Orthodox papers, it would NEVER knowingly allow such a hatefull spewage of sewage
    Let Yori/ prove he went through the proper channels by producing his communication with his superiors.

  6. Aside for his hateful article, Yanover also butchered a beautiful story of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    The Rebbe quoted the rule “aidi d’torid l’miflat lo bula” “while it is busy extracting it wont absorb”

    Mr Yanover should check in to a yeshiva for a few years before he throws around sipurei tzadikim to back his perverted view of yiddishkeit.

  7. I wonder if the author is aware of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s position on the importance of Torah learning and how it is just as much (or more) of a defense and protection of the Holyland…

  8. The posters here still don’t get it.
    And with this sites censoring any view point thematic does not agree with it editorial board they never will.

  9. VERY VERY SAD .YANOVER CAN HAVE HIS PERSONAL OPINIONS BUT WHO MADE THE DECISION TO PRINT THIS HURTFUL AND VERY UNHELPFUL ARTICLE . MORE HEADS SHOULD ROLL !!

  10. Whoever it is, who misses the lUbavitcher Rebbe so badly, you celarly don’t know that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was AGAINST bochurim going to the Israeli army. He said they should learn Torah and that way will protect the Land more.

  11. he is known to be a self hating jew…this is not the first time he has written hateful, disgustiing articles about Chareidim….Good riddance, mr.yanover; someday it will be you, who has to answer to your Maker. By the way you are your own worst enemy, & it is you who got yourself fired, not the Chareidim as you spewed your hatred on Twitter trying to blame them.

  12. Personally, I am torn about this whole issue. And I will not judge Bennet et. al. until I know what exactly is in the bill. So I am not sure why everyone is getting so worked up about this, and to resort to name-calling is indefensible. I read the article and it is his opinion. What is the big deal? I thought it was a good article. Although I don’t agree with everything he writes, he does make some good points. Have you all forgotten it is a free country? Free speech and all that stuff. Take a chill pill and have a Freilichen Purim!!!!!!

  13. I do not wish to focus now on the actual venomous words of hatred spewed by Yanover, but rather on how well he has inadvertently buttressed the Chareidi position by his behavior.

    ??? ?? ??? ??? ??? ???……

    What kind of middos have you absorbed in your simmering WITHIN the Zionist melting pot, and what kind of middos has “Peggy” Bleier and her family, and her ilk, absorbed within the kedusha of the Koislei Beis Hamedrash, and the Mikdash Meaat of a Torah-true Chareidi household?

    You have already shamelessly publicly displayed
    your shining middos.

    Now let me tell you whom you are criticizing.

    Rabbi Bleier ztz”l and tlytv”a Mrs. Bleier’s home both in the US and in E.Y. was always open to any and every guest of any stripe. They are personally responsible for numerous ballei teshuva and their doiros of ehrliche yidden by virtue of exposing them to the kedusha of an ehrliche chareidi home.

    The Bleier home is open to anyone and everyone who feels alone in the world, and needs a listening ear, and words of encouragement, a warm meal, or a bed to sleep.

    Mrs Bleier’s late husband of blessed memory was a mechaber of seforim on Choisen Mishpat. He devoted his time and energy to learning Torah and was meyyageya immensely to understand the oimek hadevorim. He was mekabel kol odom besever ponim yofois

    Mrs, Bleier has not a lazy bone in her body, and has worked hard all the years to help enable the learning of her late husband, and her wonderful boys, and son-in-law, who are Talmidei Chachamim, and budding talmidei chachamim in their own right.

    I have never ever heard a bad word from Mrs. Bleier’s mouth about ANYONE! Chareidi, mizrachi, chiloni or otherwise!

    YOU are the most eloquent argument for leaving the chareidim alone to continue their exalted way of life, so that we don’t all turn into a nation of Yanovers.

  14. I’M SORRY I AM USING ALL CAPS BUT I NEED TO MAKE A POINT. EVERYONE IS COMMENTING ON THE DETAILS OF THE ARTICLE WRITTEN AND YET IS MISSING THE POINT: THE JEWISH PRESS ALLOWED THE POST IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FIRED – HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN HIRED, BUT HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN FIRED AS HE DID HIS JOB! THAT IS THE PROBLEM – HE DID HIS JOB! A JOB AND POSTING THE JEWISH PRESS SANCTIONED – THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON THE PAPER FOR ALLOWING THIS MAN TO WORK THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND FOR ALLOWING SUCH A HATE FILLED POSTING ON THEIR WEBSITE IN THE FIRST PLACE

  15. You are doing the same thing. whenever you call him a rasha, YOU then are also a rasha. spreading hatred and venom… if he is guilty, YOU are too.
    Take the mussar and accept it you reshaim gemurim

  16. #21 we haven’t forgotten. Actually, we’re all exercising are democratic liberties. He voices his opinion and we voice ours! Yes, the name calling is utterly childish and foolish, but in democracy, where everyone has the right to express his opinion equally, you can never be sure what level the rhetoric will devolve/evolve. One thing is pretty much certain, if you use your liberties to call other people foul and derogatory names you’ll probably end up having to eat the same…

  17. #24 YOU!!! ARE MISSING THE POINT! Many of the readers of this site are extremely dismayed by the utter disrespect and the outright hatred that this Yori Yanover shamelessly exhibited towards the Hareidi community. Many if not most of the comments, express the deep frustration of the Hareidi community who find themselves being unjustly attacked by their own brethren whom they had hoped (and to a certain degree, expected) would be more understanding and supportive in their struggle to keep the ways of the Torah and to uphold the study of the Torah to the highest possible level. THIS IS THE POINT! Whether the JP authorized it and then backtracked and decided to fire him is just an interesting aside, but definitely NOT THE POINT!

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