Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Ten Teshuvah Days are Here

and Rapprochement is in the Air


We are supposed to be doing a moral/ethical audit of our previous year(s).  What follows may fall under the heading of  עבירות שהתוודה עליהן יום כפורים זה לא יתודה עליהו יום כפורים אחר but as there has been precious little new material here this past year I have been reviewing some of the archival material.

Additionally this  represents the confluence of my real life (such as it is) and my bloggish life (such as it is).

I am addressing myself in particular to an angry (at me) and (apparently) aggrieved (by me) respondent who used to troll here quite frequently.  A commenter who always posted anonymously but whom I dubbed דיין ומוכיח for his withering and dismissive critiques of me, my education, my background and, tangentially, my posts.


Friday, September 5, 2014

And I Thought JEWISH parents had agmas nefesh

when their daughters wigged out in seminary.

That's mild, really mild, compared to this.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gee ... and All This Time I Thought That it Was Smoking, Red Meat and Asbestos Exposure



Silly me!

I will say this, just as monetized websites allow their owners to make sales 24/7/365 (creating she'eilos for Shomer Shabbos E-Businessmen) this bumber sticker allows its owner/ displayer to fulfill הוכח תוכיח עמיתך even while asleep or in the בית הכבוד!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Beyond the Pale



My apologies to both Rav Chaim Kanievsky and the Munckatcher Rebbe for dragging their images through the mud I'm about to sling.  It was not I who chose to conflate the images of two noble people with those of the children (currently innocent and victimized who will eventually, psik reishay, develop into warped and possibly victimizing adults) of a deranged cult.

I seldom agree with the blogmeister of Emes v'Emunah but he nailed it on this one.

This post is mined from the comment that I left there.

I can't tell you how upset I was by this article. I am not a regular Ami reader but the picture on the cover misled me to believe that I would be getting an expose', instead I got 18 plus pages of defending the indefensible.

That Franfurter is an ipcha-mistavra-nik provocateur and/ or someone being paid lots of money by Helbrans or his deep-pocketed backers seems pretty obvious.

As soon as I got to the part where Helbrans tells him that "he and his chaverim" will be publishing a kunteres explaining why the burkas are mandated by halacha I put the magazine down and could read no further.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

We are Still in Golus ...

... though we seem to have forgotten.

Ostensibly talmidim of the Satmar Ruv zy"a we often behave much more like the biryonim of R' Meir Kahane hy"d. As if the goyisha authorities and/or the goyisha press owe us something. We don't need to be tziyonim to be guilty of girui b'umos hu'oilem. Everyone should just simmer down, pipe down and be quiet.  

We are in golus.  Maintain a low profile. Stop living in the mirage of keeping things in-house.  Nothing stays in-house anymore. (Except, of course, this unread Red-Tent blog.) We are all under surveillance cameras and listening devices. Just try to think outside our own cheese-boxes and imagine how all of this is being taken by your average goy-in-the-street who believe everything they read in the newspapers. 

I'm not going into any mussar-schmuessen and calls for high-minded behavior.  I'm just talking basic pragmatism and golus survival-techniques.

How did such an aydeleh and brilliant עם חכם ונבון become such a stupid and strident הגוי הגדול הזה ?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Judging a Buchir by his Cover

A raw nerve was touched, perhaps squeezed, on the pages of the Flatbush Jewish Journal a few weeks ago.

In the December 18th issue A parent complained to  a shadchan about the "outlandish" outfit that the buchir dating their daughter showed up in. The offending habiliments were comprised of (not necessarily in order of Goyim-mimicking egregiousness) a fitted suit, a narrow-brimmed Feodora and colored socks. CLICK and turn to page 94.

Then in the current issue (12.26.13) the ensuing low-tech, slow-motion blogging the reaction was fast (as snail-mail) and furious CLICK  and read pages 88-89.

I predict that this controversy will NOT go away quickly.
some money quotes after the jump

Thanks for Reading

my last post.

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maybe some Mega-JBlogs would be embarrassed with numbers like these but for this lonely red-tent blog the response to my last posting has been a major triumph.Nice way to close out  the *GOYISH*  year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Line-Item Lexicon Libricide

Excised, murdered words consigned to the dust-bin

or Targeted Biblioclasm

In Frum society today there is a stealthy, Orwellian libricide afoot. It is not like the old historical model where angry mobs gather all offensive books and throw them into a raging pyre. That approach has gone the way of carpet-bombing.  Instead, like today's smart-bombs, contemporary biblioclasts target specific words in our cultural dictionary and burn out the offending words by completely changing their meanings.  In some cases just leaving a charred, blank emptiness where the definition used to be listed.

I know that languages are not static but when it comes to our cultural vernacular I think that we are witnessing a revolution rather than an evolution. What follows is a list of such words with their old and mangled-beyond-recognition new meanings.  Read them and weep for the sreifa asher saraf the arsonists of lexicon libricide. Please note the entries are not in alphabetical order
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