From: Berger, Aaron
Sent: Fri 2/10/2006 1:04 PM
Subject: for your blog...
Recently, Cross Currents blog celebrated its placement in the Jewish Blog Awards. http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2006/02/09/thank-you-for-voting/
In response to that posting I submitted a facetious comment that was rejected by the editors of this charedi blog. The comment was: "Chazak V'ematz. The Moetzes must be very proud!"
I think my facetious comment really speaks to a serious question which "we as charedim" need to face up to.
CC blog is designed to present the charedi point of view; i.e. the group that holds fast to "daas torah". And more than that, "we" (charedim) hold as a core principle that daas torah drives our hashkafa, not the other way around. So how does celebrating an Internet blog's award fit in with that? If you were to survey the daas torah of Rav Elyashiv, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and Rav Shteinman about what our joy should be about a blog award what do you think they would answer? Lakewood just assered the Internet. Most rabbonim of the type "our type" holds from do not allow it, or grudgingly allow it for work etc. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the Internet is not a good thing to their minds (at least as bad as not keeping cholov yisroel) or so we don't we listen?? We are quick to listen when it comes to women's draft, yeshiva boys going to the army, bugs, sheitels, Slifkin, YU, etc.
Love (and hugs),