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

FROM THE SATIRE ARCHIVES: Panic Spreads in Rabbinic Circles Over Failed Messiah’s Purchase of Vos Iz Neias (SATIRE)

This post first appeared in January 2011 when the website Vos iz Neias was subjected to kol koreh (proclomation) banning the site. It is a timely reminder of how things can change. Now it is Failed Messiah that was bought out by orthodox bussiness people. Enjoy and laugh.

Panic Spreads in Rabbinic Circles Over Failed Messiah’s Purchase of Vos Iz Neias (SATIRE)

Jewish Financial Times– Exclusive Report by Zahava Gold

Shmarya (Scottie) Rosenberg, the blogger who operates the muckraking site, Failed Messiah, announced today that he acquired Vos Iz Neias, known for short as VIN. Goldman Sachs provided a $7.3 million dollar combined equity investment and loan to make this deal possible. The two sites will operate separately but Shmarya intends to make major changes in VIN. He said in an interview today with the Jewish Financial Times:

Jews are entitled to the same gossip as gentiles. The gloves are coming off at VIN. No more sanitized polite treatment of charedi miscreants. We will name molesters and crooks. The political interests behind every new ban will be exposed. Every rabbinic shidduch will be evaluated for its implications for the standing of a malchus. We will produce objective ratings of yeshivas just as US News and World Report ranks universities. We will also start ranking Jewish charities for their effectiveness and overhead, same as they do at Charity Navigator. Kiruv guys watch out. People are going to find out whether you really are having any effect. Brochures and propaganda speeches will no longer fool contributors. Families will no longer be able to dump their less capable relatives into jobs where they are ineffective. Orthodox Jews are hungry for the truth. I will make a ton of money feeding that hunger. Continue reading

RABBI BESDIN (PART II): CONTROVERSY IN BORO PARK

Rabbi Besdin, Part I was edited on Nov 1 to eliminate the specific calls for action. They will reappear later in the series

The Besdin Buzz

Boro Park was buzzing on Friday morning. “Rabbi Besdin is right.” “Besdin is hockfleish (hamburger).” “Besdin is a liar, did you hear that there is a ban on relying on him. He made the speech to look good because he was going to be exposed.” Nebich, he is mentally ill, always was, but now it is getting worse.” No, he is tzadik, one of the few that never did any favors for anyone.” “Nah he was just another rebbe who hung out a shingle and had to use amaratzim to get enough hassidim to pay for his shul.” “Honest, if he was honest he would have  more people who learn full time- he just wants balabatim who can give him money.” “When something happened to the daughter of my neighbor he was the only one who made sure the camp fired the head counselor. He also made sure he didnt do it somewhere else by having him sell insurance.”   “It was very convenient that those who gave him smichah were already dead.” “So if this was true why didn’t anyone say anything until after he gave the speech last night.” “Come on,  he was trusted by everyone.” “Remember when there was fight between two halves of the divishnitzinzwei hassidim and a group of Goyim. The Goyim suggested him and the two hassidic groups immediately agreed. Amazingly that is the only agreement with those two that is still in place.” “How come he never shows any special lomdus in his drashas.” “I will tell you why. For the same reason the early rebbes told stories. Because a story seems simple, but from a holy rebbe it has the very sod (hidden profound knowledge) of the Kaballah.  “I agree. Anyone can drei around pshat to make it complicated. It takes a chacham to make complicated things simple.” Continue reading