Rules for Comments on Frum Follies

Readers sometimes ask me about my rules. They are the rules of commonsense for civil discourse and it should not be necessary to state them.  But since I have been asked, here they are.

Don’t insult others. Don’t hock away. If you have made your point and someone doesn’t agree, don’t dump the same thing ten times. You are just shouting in internet fashion. Continue reading

Whither Goes Rabbi Dovid Weinberger? (From the 2014 Archives of FF)

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

First posted on 2/27/2014. I was the first and primary source of this story on the Internet and it garnered over 30k views.

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Rabbi Dovid Weinberger was fired by his shul in the Lawrence, NY, Shaaray Tefila, before Rosh Hashanah. They claimed he was on medical leave** but announced a search for a new rabbi shortly afterward.

Weinberger went off to Israel searching for another job but came back about a month ago. He should have been able to find a job because he is married to a granddaughter of the late “Gadol” Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg. That he failed to find a job, suggests both a bad reputation and marital estrangement. If the Scheinberg family wanted to help him, he would have found a job. In those circles, allegations of molesting are no obstacle to rabbinic employment.

His return provoked consternation in the 5 Towns Continue reading

Thinking About Chanah Before Rosh Hashana

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Rosh Hashanah Scrimshaw Alaska

This post below first appeared on Frum Follies in 2012

The approach of Rosh Hashanah makes me think of Chanah, barren like Sarah. Before she could glory in her triumph she was misjudged as a nobody by Eli, the cohen gadol (high priest). He mistook her unvoiced words for drunkenness when they were actually a prayer full of pain and power. But she triumphed and bore a son who would eventually eclipse Eli. Continue reading

JTA Is Wrong: Elimelech Meisels Was Not Sued for Sex Assault, But… (from the archives)

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A year ago, today, I posted this story. You may want to go back to that original posting for the comments. 

JTA, which bills itself as “The Global Jewish News Source,” first neglected the Meisels story and then blew it. Their August headline, “Orthodox educator Rabbi Elimelech Meisels sued for sexual assault” is wrong. None of the plaintiffs is claiming they or their daughters were sexually assaulted by Meisels. Yet the JTA article starts: “Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who runs four religious seminaries in Israel for young Orthodox women, is being sued for sexual assault.” The Forward piled on with a subhead, “Lured Teenage Girls to Late-Night Coffee Meetings” Continue reading

Shabbos Goy Hynes Calculates His Take from a Hasidic Fundraiser

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From the Frum Follies archives two years ago (8/9/13)

On July 23rd Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes estimated a take of $7,500 from a fundraiser with Hasidim hosted by  Boro Park Hasid, Ben Barber .

It was at this fundraiser on July 29 that he declared himself a “real shabbos goy” meaning someone who could anticipate and deliver prohibited acts to his orthodox constituents without even being asked. Continue reading

My Questions About the Mitzvah of Redeeming a Captive (Pidyon Shvuyim)

From my archives, five years ago in May

The blogger DovBear asks whether Rubashkin is a meshichist (messianist) and if so, does the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim (redeeming captives) extend to his case? Many modern orthodox Jews ask why there are no ultra orthodox campaigns for Gilad Shalit? Unlike Rubashkin who was not siezed for ransom, Shalit is indeed being held by Hamas for ransom under terrible conditions. If the choice of “worthy” prisoners is driven by ideology, in this case, hostility to Zionism, why not also consider the ideological issue of meshichism?

Is it even correct to use the term pidyon shvuyim when talking about a person given due process in a medinah shel chesed? Continue reading

Shiduchim and Yichus in the Book of Ruth

From the Frum Follies archives (5/15/10)

Part I

Once upon a time two young widows were given some good shidduch advice. “Turn back to your mother’s house…[and] find security in the house of a husband.” Orpah took Naomi’s advice and she is lost to history. Ruth ignored the advice and made history.

Ploni almoni was a practical man when it came to shidduchim who didn’t want to be bothered with caring for Ruth. He passed on the opportunity and he too is lost to history.

Boaz was a different sort of man. In him stirred the blood of Judah, a man who took responsibility for his child with Tamar. He was a descendent of Nachshon who stepped forward while other’s hesitated. Where Ploni blew his chance, Boaz took it. His descendents made history. Continue reading