“Being a Jew means that we don’t get to pick and choose which of these laws we follow. It means that we don’t get to set ethical standards – they are set for us.” Chumi Friedman on the Jewish Press blog writes in regard to the fallout from Elliot Resnick’s Chassidish Bashing blog post.
For Elliot Resnick and the Jewish Press blog though, apparently you do get to pick which laws to follow and Rechilut, Lashon Hara and Motzi Shem Ra aren’t on the list. Neither is journalism. They do get to set their own ethical standards.
Why is it that governments throughout the world seem to get a free pass from the UN and media, but Israel is constantly being accused of wrongdoing? Goy kadosh – more is expected of her as Jewish state.
Oh please Chumie stay away from political analysis, it’s not your field. The UN is dominated by Third World states, many of them Muslim or with large Muslim minorities. They don’t recognize Israel or Jews as a Goy Kadosh. They think they’re the Goy Kadosh. Heaven preserve us from political insights from frummies.
Elliot Resnick made some of these points in his posting last week. The nature of a blog is such that individual people have the right to express their opinions on a variety of topics – and you as the reader have a right to disagree with them.
So does that mean every viewpoint is represent on the Jewish Press blog or only those sanctioned by the management. If it’s the former than where are the Yesh Gvul voices. If it’s the latter, Chumie’s point just became irrelevant because Elliot Resnick’s views are sanctioned by the Jewish Press management.
Elliot’s right when he says that some people who wouldn’t think of touching a woman, who wouldn’t think of being mechalel Shabbos, who wouldn’t dream of eating non-kosher, wouldn’t think twice of cheating or lying or stretching the truth in a business deal or their personal lives.
Yes and some newspapers who wouldn’t think twice of running ads for pork will run posts full of lashon hara and motzi shem ra.
It is just a few short weeks since Rosh Hashanah – it behooves us to accept the mussar without shooting the messenger.
Not when the message consists of random and baseless bashing of entire communities based on one second hand incident and one miscommunication that demonstrates Elliot Resnick thinks that a Chassid who questions the honesty of the JTA proves that he’s a compulsive liar.
Elliot Resnick’s post was bigoted and stupid. It violated every basic rule of journalism but instead of disavowing it, the Jewish Press is wrongly and feebly trying to defend it. Do plenty of frum people have ethical problems? Sure. Everyone does. Does the Jewish Press Blog have ethical problems? Ding ding. They sure do.