Monday, May 22, 2006

Depressing week

I don't need to say to anyone who reads Jewish blogs that last week was a painful time for anyone to be an Orthodox Jew. I don't have anything to add to what others have said, other than that I hope our community leaders will be less in denial about the real problems we face.


Anonymous mycroft said...

This week we had the trafic sudden death of a 16 year old. His father at the levaya correctly blasted how we treat at "risk kids". Scandalous we make them at risk-if they don't have the potential to be teachers/professors at AECOM etc. There should be nothing wrong with being average intelligence in Ortho.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous malachai said...

If you are refering to certain scandals in our communities, it is not just the failure of leaders, it is our growing acceptance of the immoral way of life of the society we live in. This is not limited to sexual promiscuity, we live in a society of greed, overconsumption, and waste, which innevitably brings society to the level of sodom or noah's generation. There is a law in the torah about how to deal with a child who overindulges, which in their time meant eating too much meat and drinking too much wine.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'There should be nothing wrong with being average intelligence in Ortho. '

Good point. We are not Lake Wobegon. I know some parents who struggle with the fact that their kids will never be talmidei chachomim. The fact that they are just plain nice frum kids just isn't good enough anymore :-(.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous jdub said...

Mycroft -- excellent point. We should be happy if our kids have good middot, are erliche yidden, and mensches. Not everyone can -- or should -- be a talmid chacham. The world needs doctors, lawyers, accountants, electricians, carpenters, and plumbers as well, and there's no shame or dishonor in good, honest work.

no reason a boy can't go to shachris, take off his tallis and t'fillin and put on coveralls and go off to a job as a plumber. It's necessary work and it pays well.

We've somehow made work, particularly non-intellectual work -- a dirty word. That's wrong.

10:48 AM  

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