Thursday, September 28, 2006

The time has come.

Thank you all for responding to my previous post.

A Sefer Torah is divided into many parshiyos - 'Pay' and 'Samach', "Li'tain Revach Bein Parsha L'parshah".

As I noted in my previous post, I have learnt a lot about Judaism and its people. I needed a "Revach" to absorb what I learnt. I have stopped commenting over the last week as I have been spending much time rethinking what I have been doing until now, and whether I should continue.

Your comments were very enlighting. Actually, they were fascinating. Mi'kotzeh Li'kotzeh.

Here's a recap:

* I respect the level of passion that in your writing.

*you post very intelligently, and offer valid, legitimate arguments

*I hardly ever agree with you

*I don't think you are convincing those who have not already been convinced. I just don't find your defenses of the Charedi lifestyle and the gedolim, persuasive.

*LY: You are putting yourself in an intellectual environment that is foreign and antagonistic to yours

*you come across as a person who means and writes well.

*because in my experience you are friendly and honest, which is a tone the J-blogs need more people setting.

*LY you must not give up. I for one am most gratified that you stand up for Torah true ideals when all too often they are rubbished.You maintain your integrity without flattering falsifiers or insulting doubters.

*L'maan Hashem continue.

*Hmm..keep blogging, but lay off the age of the universe issue.

*I don't agree with everything you say but it's refreshing to hear the POV of underrepresented part of klak yisroel in the blogging universe.

*Don’t stop. But I doubt that you changed any skeptical minds.

*I say stop. Or at least change your name.

*LY is courage personified. He puts himself in place behind Torah and Truth. I say they are jealous of his emunah.

*you don't come across as arrogant, condescending, and angry.

*The fact that LY might be doing great things for himself is wonderful--not so wonderful if he is also negatively impacting others, and in this case I mean his own community

*So keep it up. It's great to see the other side of things.

*I am not sure you represent the true Chareidi world (if there is such a thing).As I have commented before, you very often overstate & exaggerate matters for effects sake

*Since most people who are blogging are doing so to debate and discuss, you will only stir up opposition and will not gain adherents.

*but I honestly feel that your posting on blogs is a chillul Hashem

*So keep blogging. If everybody barks the same we're just a pack of dogs.

*I feel the fact that you are chareidi and (mostly) good natured, is good PR for Chareidism.

*Putting your views out, for all to refute or ridicule, takes a certain amount of courage

*As a fellow "Lakewooder" I say that although I often disagree with you, you probably do represent a viewpoint which might otherwise not have a voice on the blogosphere. Chazak Ve'amatz.

*I would suggest that you think a little more before you write

*You have accomplished and do accomplish many wonderful things. It is very possible that your voice is a unique one in the blogosphere and a much-needed one.

*But if you would have instead spent the time learning Mesechta Temurah, for example, and chazering it well, writing out your own biurim on a couple of the difficult sugyos, it can be argued persuasively that you would be better off and Klal Yisroel would be better off.

*I too am a BMG alumnus and still live in Lakewood. I admire your emunah peshuta and what you are trying to accomplish. However, I think you sound very foolish at times.

*What makes you think you represent all of us lakewooders?

*LY - there is no doubt that there is good in what you are doing. Even if I dont agree with what you say it is clear that you are honest and sincere. It is great that we have a character in our blogosphere who is willing to have a go at portraying the Charedi line. Only occasionally do you defend the undefensible, but generally you are the best defender of your values currently around.

*I really think that you blogging is doing a disservice to Charaidim in general and to Lakewood in particular

*you should ask daas torah.

A couple months ago, I asked a notable Rosh Yeshivah. We discussed the pros and cons. In the end he said, if your doing it correctly, its surely a worthy cause. But you have to carefully evaluate the dangers involved. Bottom line he said, be your own Posek.

I have received much criticism in the past. When someone suggests that my views are "turning them off", is it really my fault? If "Amalek" or "Aguna" turn people off, should we remove it from Torah?

My intentions had been good. I fought for what I believed. And I fought clean. It bothered me that bloggers were able to write so freely against Gedolim and Charedim and get away with it.

Nevertheless, I did wish to hear it out from everyone.

My conclusion is that while my name "Lakewood Yid" was well intended, it was too controversal. It very often gave the impression that I was speaking on behalf of Lakewood. Or, it implied, that my views are "Lakewoodish", and it actually encouraged the skeptics to further dig themselves into their skeptic holes.

The time has come.

I have decided to give up "Lakewood Yid".

If I left the impression, that a Charedi blogger was able to debate head to head with the skeptics and doubters, and be able to do it in a refined aidel way, without the need to resort to course
language and name calling, I will be satisfied with that.

But if I wish to have any further success in winning over the skeptics and doubters, it will have to be under a new identity with some changes in my strategy.

So for now, I say Good bye. I thank you all for everything you taught me.

Hatzlocha V'chol Tuv. G'mar Chasimah Tova.

PS I will be keeping my email address and everyone is welcome to email:

lakewoodyid@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Your opinion please.

To all my blogfriends,

I have been blogging for about 6 months now. I have learnt a lot.

I have learnt a lot about mankind, nature, science.....

But most of all, I learnt a lot about Judaism. I learnt a lot about our Mesorah, Chazal, and Gedolim. I learnt about many aspects of Torah which I hadn't known before. And as much as I learnt, I realized how much more there is still to be learnt.

I also learnt about the diversity of the Jewish nation. That there are Acheinu Bnei Yisroel which come in all different colors, stripes and beliefs.

I am thankful to HKBH that with all the Kefirah and skepticism that I have seen, I still maintain my faith 100%.

My "blogging mission" had been to defend Gedolim, Charedim, and quite often even Judaism from the critisicm expressed by many bloggers. I learnt early on, that "Kofer calling" won't get me anywhere. No one wants to be called names, even if they are wrong. Instead, I attemped to challenge the critics by responding to their arguments.

I have recently been thinking about what kind of impression I have made on Jblogs. Have I inspired anyone? Have I dis-inspired anyone? Have I caused people to view Charedim in a better light? or a worser one? Have I caused any skeptics to re-think their anti-charedi stance? Or have I just caused skeptics to dig deeper in their holes?

Blogging takes a lot of time out of me. No one wants to feel like they are wasting their time. Should I continue blogging? Should I stop?

I look forward to hearing from you.

In the interim, I wish you all a Kesivah Va'chasimah Tova, and a happy sweet healthy year.

If I have ever insulted or verbally hurt anyone, I ask them for forgiveness. I am definitely Mochel everyone B'lev Shalem.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rambam - IGNORE THE EVIDENCE!!

הלכות שחיטה פרק י

יב ואין להוסיף על טריפות אלו, כלל: שכל שיארע לבהמה או לחיה או לעוף חוץ מאלו שמנו חכמי הדורות הראשונים, והסכימו עליהן בתי דיני ישראל--אפשר שתחיה. ואפילו נודע לנו מדרך הרפואה, שאין סופה לחיות. [יג] וכן אלו שמנו ואמרו שהן טריפה--אף על פי שייראה בדרכי הרפואה שבידינו שמקצתן אינן ממיתין, ואפשר שתחיה מהן: אין לך אלא מה שמנו חכמים, שנאמר "על פי התורה אשר יורוך"

Says the Rambam - which animals are considered Treifah (they will shortly die, and thus non kosher) and which are considered that will live?

The ones that the Chazal told us.

EVEN IF MI'DARKEI HA'REFUAH (science, biology, zooalogy etc) WE KNOW OTHERWISE (there is contradictory evidence) , WE FOLLOW WHAT THE CHACHOMIM TOLD US.

MEANING - we may eat something which Chazal told us will live, even though science has proven that it won't, and vise-versa.

Is there any difference between this and age of universe etc? If Chazal taught us that the world will last for 6 thousand years, do we need to consider the contradictory evidence that science presents us?

This Rambam says no. We follow Chazal. שנאמר על פי התורה אשר יורוך. Period.

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11

דברים פרק כח

מז תַּחַת, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-עָבַדְתָּ אֶת-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּשִׂמְחָה, וּבְטוּב לֵבָב--מֵרֹב, כֹּל.

47 because thou didst not serve the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things;

מט יִשָּׂא יְהוָה עָלֶיךָ גּוֹי מֵרָחֹק מִקְצֵה הָאָרֶץ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִדְאֶה הַנָּשֶׁר: גּוֹי, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-תִשְׁמַע לְשֹׁנוֹ.

49 The LORD will bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as the vulture swoopeth down; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

נ גּוֹי, עַז פָּנִים, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יִשָּׂא פָנִים לְזָקֵן, וְנַעַר לֹא יָחֹן

50 a nation of fierce countenance, that shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favour to the young.

נב וְהֵצַר לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, עַד רֶדֶת חֹמֹתֶיךָ הַגְּבֹהֹת וְהַבְּצֻרוֹת, אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה בֹּטֵחַ בָּהֵן, בְּכָל-אַרְצֶךָ; וְהֵצַר לְךָ, בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, בְּכָל-אַרְצְךָ, אֲשֶׁר נָתַן יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לָךְ

52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fortified walls come down, wherein thou didst trust, throughout all thy land; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Daas Torah: The world will stand for 6,000 Years.

Rashba Chidushei Haggados, (Mosad Harav Kook) Baba Basra 74:b

עוד תדע, שדעת אנשי תורותנו והמקובל מן הנביאים ושהסכימו עליו חכמי התלמוד, כי יש לעולם הזה קצב ובא אל תכלית, כאמרם שיתא אלפי שנין הוי עלמא


Clearly, the Rashba is saying that the POV of the Neviim and the Chachmei Hatalmud, is that the world will stand for 6,000 years, no more, no less.

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