According to mega-church, televangelist Kenneth Copeland, Ted Cruz has been anointed by God to be the next president. Diversified Holdings, the new owners of the Failed Messiah Blog, say they will use the blog to do what Hashem (God) wants. They clearly feel as confident as some Dominionist pastors in knowing whether or not Cruz is the annointed (aka, Messiah, Moshiach).
Diversified Holdings, please let your readers know whether Ted Cruz is a false messiah.
When you are done with that give us some more clues about how you understand Hashem’s wishes. For example is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the Moshiach or not. When you write his name, will it end with shlita (a blessing for long life) or zatzal (a call for remembering the righteous)?
The above was some irresistible satire occasioned by the news item that Cruz was anointed to be president. Of course I know that Diversified Holdings does not “hold” from that. But there are serious questions I wish you would answer. For starters how will you reconcile a Haredi understanding of loshon horah with you stated goal of exposing those who desecrate God’s name. You speak of wanting to do what Hashem wants. Since prophecy lapsed over two millennia ago according to Jewish tradition, what is your alternative channel. Presumably, it is Daas Torah. But which specific rabbi(s) do you intend to consult for Daas Torah?
The very name of you blog was an attack on the significant number of Chabad chasidim who consider their late Rebbe, the Moshiach. No other orthodox group accepts the claim but some go further and refuse to deal with Chabad for that reason or won’t let them have any role in their institutions. Examples include the late leader of the Litvish world, R. Eliezer Man Shach. The late R. Belsky was also a vigorous opponent of Chabad as are others. So the retention of the name begs the question of where does Diversified stand.
I understand and appreciate that Diversified needs time to complete the transition, but it would be helpful if you could issue a substantial statement clarifying your intentions and the likely thrust of your blogging. Of course, in the end a tree is judged by its fruit and you will be judged by what you cover, how you cover it, and what you choose not to cover.
Similarly, Diversified needs a clear statement of you commenting policy. I agree that comments should be moderated so there is civility while encouraging constructive disagreement. Most frum news sites claim that is their policy as well, but I have regularly seen blatant and deceptive deviation from the claimed policy. I would urge you to struggle with the difficult task of authentically aligning your policy and practice.
As difficult as that task can be, whistle-blowers need to be supported and protected if Diversified is to succeed in exposing those who desecrate God’s name, which is one of your stated goals.
Just one final thought. I often think of Isaiah’s answer to the question of what God wants:
A people laden with iniquity… Children that deal corruptly… To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me?… When ye come to appear before Me, Who hath required this at your hand, To trample My courts? Bring no more vain oblations; It is an offering of abomination unto Me; New moon and sabbath, the holding of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity along with the solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed seasons My soul hateth; They are a burden unto Me; I am weary to bear them… Your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean, Put away the evil of your doings From before Mine eyes, Cease to do evil; Learn to do well; Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
If that is Diversified’s understanding and you consistently act on it, I wish you well, however much we may differ on specifics and tactics.
See also: My Jewish Ethos