By Rabbi Yosef Shubert, Matzav.com
We, the frum community at large, have allowed issues of hashkafa discussed in cyberspace to be determined by whoever has the mightier pen or those with the ability to have their opinions widely publicized. We have made a mistake and we pay the price for it each day.
Take a look at the large number of ‘Jewish’ sites in cyberspace. There is a disproportionate number of sites representing left-wing or fringe segments of the Jewish world. There are so few that are truly representative of the Torah world and the ideals we hold dear.
Closely examine the hashkafos being espoused on the majority of sites on any number of contemporary issues. Most of them are completely contrary to what Torah Jews should believe. They are not consistent with what our Torah leaders would tell us.
But we are to blame. Because we have not adequately stepped up to the plate by providing voices of reliable Torah hashkafa to be heard and read online.
The latest example is the hafganos in Yerushalayim. Opinions shared by so-called experts and educators reflect a narrow-minded view of a larger issue, and much of what has been said is either grossly exaggerated, plainly false, or simply contradictory to what Torah leaders say. We have so-called experts labeling Yerushalayimer Yidden as “angry” and “violent,” and yet there is no one calling them out on this. They say it, it gets printed online, and now it is fact. No one rises up to set the record straight and relate the true daas Torah on the matter.
The majority of so-called Jewish reporting online is skewed and does not provide Torah-true analysis and outlook. We are losing this battle and we’d better wake up soon.
We need the talented and capable frum writers and journalists in our community to make themselves heard and not allow Torah hashkafa to be set indiscriminately by bloggers and self-proclaimed Torah and chinuch experts.