Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Refreshing comments from Arutz-7 commentators

Normally, if one wants to see lashan hara and motzi shem ra combined with unusual amounts of toxic venom from one Jew to another, the Arutz Sheva web site is the place to go. Not so much the news articles, which I think are pretty accurate, nor even the opinion pieces, which present their strong pro-settlement views unapologetically, but in the talkback comments attached to the news and opinion pieces. Anyone who doesn't agree wholeheartedly with the far right of Israeli politics is fair game.

I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the first 11 comments on their article on the death of the Satmar Rebbe.

http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=102502

Arutz-7 and the Satmar Rebbe z"l could not have been much further apart politically. Yet the comments show the Rebbe z"l the kind of respect he deserves. I don't know if the comments were moderated, or the commentators refrained from the usual destructive rhetoric on their own, but it is appreciated. There will be ample time to discuss politics and hashgafa in the future. For now, we mourn the loss of a great leader of a large part of the Jewish people.

11 Comments:

Blogger ZachInIsrael said...

The truth is that the commentaries on Ha'aretz and the Post are just as bad (if sometimes slated in different directions).

I keep trying to remind myself to not read them, but for some reason I still do.

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Steve Brizel said...

Forget about the haskafic differences here. We could all learn lessons from Satmar with respect to such a basic mitzvah of Bikur Cholim which is a mitzvah that Satmar has elevated into a communal mitzvah, as opposed to either a mitzvah confined to the family of a hospitalized patient or a rav.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we've seen equal amounts of slander from all sides of all divides. It just seems more vicious when it's targeted towards "us," because the onlt time people disagree with "us" is when they're agenda-driven.

This applies to all "usses," of course.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

Zach and Steve,

Great to have you commenting here! If either of you would like to make a guest post, you are invited to do so at any time. (Not that this blog has heavy readership.)

Chodesh tov v'shabat shalom!

9:55 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

I avoid the talkback sections of Arutz Sheva. I have learned to avoid the talkback section of Ha'aretz too. Too much venom, and far too much insanity.

If only I could break my addiction to the talkback section of the Algemeen Dagblad, my life would be more peacefull.

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