I started Frum Follies in 2009, intending to fight child sex abuse by mocking the community’s response with satire. Hence the blog name. But serious stuff intervened and compelled me to straight reporting and writing opinion pieces. These days, I don’t post much satire, but occasionally my puckish sense of humor just has to get out. Other times, very real problems are so obviously absurd and satire is the best way to demonstrate this. Whatever the promptings, the lead up to Purim is a good time for satire. Read, enjoy, and share this selection of my satire postings over the years.
APRIL FOOLS- The above is parody/satire by guest contributor, Andrew Bloom. It first appeared in a slightly different version five years ago
Over the years I posted about fifty satirical Continue reading
Rabbis are talking about yet another internet ban to eliminate all talkbacks which I call the Mother of All Bans. I hope they are smart enough to hold off on it till a decent amount of time has passed after Purim. Otherwise the mood of the month of Adar will lead everyone to think it is just a Purim joke. Of course, zman cheiruteinu (the season of our redemption) will also send a message that will undermine the intent of the ban. I suggest they wait till Shavuot when they can insist the ban was already accepted at Sinai.
I feel obliged to match their contribution to Adar by reminding readers of an old post, Train To Become an Internet Goy™. Make sure you read the comments. They are funny.
The paranoia of haredi leadership resembles the Saudi investigation of the vulture spying for Israel. That episode prompted my satirical piece, Israel in Turmoil Over Vulture Spy Captured in Saudi Arabia.
Of course, if you want to really go overboard just reading satire, press the box near the top of the page labelled satire, and read it all.
Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar II!
This week’s Yated Neeman has a psak by Reb Moshe Dour forbidding satire of all sorts, especially on Purim. Reb Dour, a gevaltig talmid chochum who studied at Brisk in Jerusalem and operates a Brisk oriented yeshiva and Kollel in Las Vegas explained his position to Yated.
The entire secular Jewish movement in Eastern Europe developed from the wrong sort of Purim shpiel, which led to the development of Yiddish theatre. This created a mentality of criticizing rabbonim, making fun of frumkeit, and tolerating women as part of life. This in turn led to Yiddish literature, Secularism, Bundism, Communism and Zionism. Like a poison it took root in America and Eretz Yisroel. To this day most of the Jews in the world are no longer frum.
Better you should be stone drunk on Purim than you should participate in satire. Continue reading