Dear fellow readers,
I have been following the coverage of Dov Lipman and have mulled over the issue. Through Matzav, I emailed Rabbi Felik, who authored a few of the published articles, and I had a productive discussion of the issue with him, sorting through some of the issues.
What I wish to share is a very crucial point:
I do not believe that Rabbi Felik or any other ehrliche Jew who has written on this topic “hates” Dov Lipman, as some – especially those who disagree with us – contend. Rabbi Felik and many others – most in the Torah world – are upset that Dov presents himself as a chareidi yet distorts much of what is precious to us.
He criticizes and distorts, among other things:
-The purity of our chinuch system.
-The value we place on Torah learning.
-Our esteem for our gedolim.
He has said things about gedolim that are regrettable.
He has denigrated yeshivos and those who learn in them.
He has ignored the leading gedolim of his generation.
He has yet to tell us which Torah leader, from any chareidi community, he follows and consults.
He is entitled to his own opinions, but he is not entitled to claim that he knows better than we do and better than what our gedolim feel is best for us.
He is not entitled to be honored and given legitimacy by those whom he so clearly disrespects, even as he claims that he is one of us.
All those who are so concerned about sinas chinom and lashon hara should please send their messages to Dov Lipman, for he has been guilty of both of these – against us, Torah Jews.
Again, we don’t hate Dov. Chas v’shalom! We don’t hate any Yidden. In fact, even if they are misguided, we care for them. Even the anti-frum bloggers, who are so destructive – we don’t hate them as people. We strongly disagree with their beliefs, their actions, their remarks and their approach. We are shocked by what they do. We may even hate their approach and their conduct, but we don’t hate them as people.
Our gedolim have taught us to love one and all. Rav Elazar Shach and Rav Mordechai Gifter zichronam livracha spoke out strongly in defense of mesoras Yisroel and, at the same time, they were two of the greatest ohavei Yisroel of their generation.
Those defending Dov Lipman’s campaign should never have the gall to accuse us of hating him, even if we have reason to. We would love nothing more than for him to realize his mistaken approach and make an about face. If we hated him, we wouldn’t care for him. We do care. We do care about him and his well being.
Dov, we hope you come back to us, listening to the call of the gedolei Torah whose chareidi camp you claim to be a part of, and realizing that partnering with a party that is bent on reshaping and acculturating chareidi Jewry is a colossal mistake.
A Fellow Jew