Dear Matzav Shmooze,
A video of an open forum featuring Rav Elya Brudny and Rav Ahron Lopiansky has made it way to social media and not for the right reasons unfortunately.
In a short segment towards the end of the forum, the choshuve panel addressed feminism in Judaism, particularly the issue of pictures of women in Jewish media.
Some factions did not appreciate the answers given and posted it to social media to fuel their leftist agenda and promote the idea that frum women are ‘trapped’ by the patriarchy, whatever that means.
There is no question of who is right. But we live in a time where any person with a social media account has access to a wide variety of opinions that were not always readily available. Specifically with social media, anyone with a following can spout their anti Torah values and the message is then played in the homes of their hundred Jewish ‘followers.’
Granted, no one should be allowing such noise into their house. But the fact is that some of the noisiest ones have hundreds of followers, and these followers have kids and these kids are going to Bais Yaakov with other kids. We’re living in a day and and age where a small influence can have a far reach.
It is a sorry state that in our generation gedolim should have to compete with the attention of social media. But if we don’t step up and give clear Torah guidance on issues that seemed like a joke just a few years ago, we risk giving ammunition to those who mock us and want to upend our mesorah.
Worried for this Dor