By Rafael Gebrili
Recently, a booklet on tznius was mailed out in one of our frum communities. I personally thought that the booklet was a mistake from beginning to end. I don’t believe it should have been printed or distributed (and a rov I spoke to said that I am correct in my feelings and that he was appalled that the booklet was published), but that is NOT the point of my short letter.
My point is this:
Recently, some anti-frum online portals got hold of the literature and have used it – of course – to mock, disparage, and otherwise make fun of the frum community.
Remember: This booklet was sent only to members of the frum community. Thus, if a blogger living out in Yehuputz (and yes, some of the anti-frum bloggers do live away from the main Torah metropolises) got hold of portions of the booklet to use as fodder with which to make fun of us, the frum community, then it had to come from someone in the frum community.
Do you comprehend? Someone within the frum community gave the material to anti-frum bloggers, clearly knowing that it will be used against us. Again, in case it isn’t clear, a frum person knowingly gave information to people who openly hate us, assisting them in trying to paint the frum community negatively.
And for the record, this is not the first time by any stretch. Much, if not most, of the information and details reported on by anti-frum bloggers originates from the frum community itself = from those among us who have no conscience and don’t care about the ramifications of serving as enablers to those who derive the greatest pleasure from mocking us.
How low can people go? Very low, it appears.
The bloggers may be tinokos shenishbu or lost souls. Who knows. But those living in our very midst, who send their kids to our children’s schools, who behind our backs are assisting the anti-frum haters out there in the online world, may just be a lot worse. We may or may not know who some of them are based on their behavior, based on their past comments, and based on their overall demeanors. These things are harder to hide than they think. When someone cares about the frum community, it shows. Even when they are frustrated, they won’t turn their backs on their fellow frum Yidden. Those who hate the “establishment” have a hard time keeping their agenda hidden. And they sink so, so low that they actually turn on their own, helping those who spend their every day slandering us and finding anything negative that they can about Torah joys.
Unfortunately, they are rarely called out in public for it.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
Do they realize how far they have sunk? For how much longer will they continue to aid, abet and support the anti-Torah forces online?
May Hashem have rachmonus on them and guide them back to the right path.
Until then, we must beware of those among us – in our very own communities – who are constantly stabbing us in the back.
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