Thursday, October 22, 2009

EJF & Rav Reuven Feinstein (video)


  1. meinyan leinyan beosso inyanOctober 22, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Rav Eidensohn,

    I understand that some of the 58 comments erased were not backed up by documentation, but many of them were.

    To reiterate, I hope you are not offended by some of the erased material but Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz's shita is that such things as corrupt rabbonim being machshil the rabim need to be publicized.

    RSFM was a fearless man who took a lot of petch for doing the right thing. Not everyone is necessarily mechuyev to do the same. I could not quote the rabbonim who spoke to me on certain items because they must maintain a low profile unless they want to invite certain dark forces to harass them or worse.

    Kol tuv.

  2. I understand that some of the 58 comments erased were not backed up by documentation, but many of them were.
    Actually they were not erased but merely put into non-display draft mode.

    I think the issue raised are very important but Moyshe has a point. Rav Yitzchok Berkowitz noted that there somethings for public consumptiion and others we discuss at the Shabbos table with the chulent.

    So the question is how to get these ideas across? It is similar to the child abuse problem. If we don't talk about these things and voice our suspicions and concerns then our children are in great danger. The Piskei Teshuva (156) notes that many say not to speak lashon harah but there is a bigger problem of not speaking it when someone will be harmed.

    The comments were put aside until I can decide what to do with them.

    I was not offended by your comments and the view that you say in the name of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz is also the view of the Chazon Ish.

    The problem also becomes not only saying lashon harah but becoming perceived as not being concerned with lashon harah and losing my credibility.

    The reason that you don't cite your sources is the same reason why I need to watch what I post.

  3. meinyan leinyan beosso inyanOctober 22, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Rav Eidensohn, thank you for your thoughtful words.

    I had struggled to come to terms with the dark things that were revealed to me. It takes a lot of emunah to overcome the hurt which I am not sure everyone is capable of.

    At the same time, there is the fact that has been highlighted by rabbonim including the last rov of Hamburg, Rav Carlebach, that covering up chilul Hashem only leads to greater chilul Hashem when the cover up itself is uncovered.

  4. Now I'm not mamash up on my hilchos loshon hora k'ro'ui, I'll admit, but I believe one of the conditions of saying lshh"r, even l'toeles and even if it's a mitzvah, is that you must have first hand knowledge of the information and not be relying on a second person to relay it. Which is why comments like "I have what I believe to be reliable information that he has been megayer women who were living openly in sin with men, some of them shomer shabbos men." are totally inappropriate IMHO.

    Most blogs are just sewers of issurei dibur so I'm encouraged by your considering my points. I would think that a refresher in sefer CH"CH is a must for any blog owner who considers himself religious, considering the potentials of readership and multiplication of aveiros


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