Thursday, January 13, 2005

2 men in cherem for different reasons: Cherem today has become a very dangerous tool that is too often misused

4 Comments:

At 9:33 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

If they were child molesters or men who left their wives Agunot, they would be treated much better.

Cherem today has become a very dangerous tool that is too often misused.

1) Aaron Thomas
see: http://www.projecttruth.info/truth.html
Aaron Thomas went to a beis din got permission to sue the person his son accused of sexually abused him and was still put in cherem.

2) Rabbi Slifkin
see links at:
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/house-of-hock-updates-zoo-torah-book.html#comments
and
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/house-of-hock-reports-zoo-torah-books.html#comments

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I'm going to link an interesting discussion related to the Zoo Rabbi (he is one of the posters commenting), halacha and cherem and leave it open for readers to discuss.

see:
http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/vol13/v13n066.shtml
...
He said that anyone who said that it is Assur to kill lice on Shabbos because we now know that they reproduce sexually should be put in Cherem.
...

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger batdina said...

I am furious about Rabbi Slifkin being put into cherem. His sefarim are my favorite since they tie the natural world to the torah. The torah was the blueprint of the world, doesn't it make sense to examine the world to learn about Hashem? Why did Hashem create such a beautiful, wonderous and diverse world if not for our enjoyment, if not to allow us to come to loving Him by learning about His world? Rabbi Slifkin has sources for everything he wrote. This is just outrageous, how some holier-than-thou black suited, rabbis who are so disconnected from reality - and by reality, I mean, from the natural world's wonders -- can do this. I am glad I am no longer a part of "that world".

 
At 1:06 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>I am furious about Rabbi Slifkin being put into cherem.

I am too. It is outrageous and despicable.

>I am glad I am no longer a part of "that world".

I love "that world" (I suspect you do too). The problem is we live in a time without a real Sanhedrin (the one they're setting up in Israel is a sham, see previous posts). These are troubled times. There are a few (1 is far too many in my opinion) in my community who clothe themselves in righteousness that have no basic Yiddishkeit. Child molesters, exploiters of women and thieves who know how my community works and use that knowledge to opperate freely from within my community. They use Shmirat Halashon to protect themselves and attack anyone brave enough to stand against them.

We have let the bad guys thrive far too long with our silence. Now they attack our very ideas and freedoms, putting decent God fearing scholars in cherem while those truly deserving of such treatment continue unhindered.

No more. I set up this blog in an attempt to expose as many of these rashas and their supporters and enablers.

I will take my community back. My silence is no more.

 

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