Monday, March 07, 2005

Rejoice oh Rabbis, Rejoice!

Finally finally they have found a way how to keep our young and wild generation pure and holy. Mazal Tov! A new cell-phone has just been born. Mobile phones with SMS and GPRS disabled, now that is undoubtedly Kosher. C’mon, it’ll even boast a stamp! We welcome you, holy Kosher Phone, to our grand community.

My lord! Is that what our Rabbis are worried about? SMS and mobile internet?! When was the last time you received a text similar to this one:

Hi! I wanna talk 2 u my hun. Call *44555 now, Im waitin 4 u! xxxx Jennifer

Rabbis seem to be receiving them so often. Why are they so worried that someone actually might dial *44555? Well I have never received such a text. I wonder why… I guess I never accidentally subscribed to any service… My loss. In this closed up society of ours you may be a liar, a hypocrite, a crook and a swindler but you may not possess a cellular phone. You twist? No problem. You have internet on your phone? Shaigetz Arois!

Rabbis, instead of wasting your precious time, instead of assuring phones, science books and ‘open-minded thinking’ in general, why not try and fix up your own messed up community? Why stand up for those abusers, why let your community look like it looks? Have you than forgotten the basics: Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
But I guess that’s part of your corruptness. Part of your blindness.

Mehadrin shops, Mehadrin busses and now Mehadrin phones. What’s next? Mehadrin sidewalks?

I do not want to revive the Slifkin account, but when was the last time you saw Rav Eliashiv sticking up for an Agunah? When was the last time Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz stack up for an abused girl in his community?

But on the other hand, reading a book on science, animals and Torah is intolerable. An Agunah with 6 kids? Naaah, that’s not that important, is it?

Oh well, that’s just my opinion. At the end of the day I'm only a little Yingele...


  • Yingele, here in SH, our great and venerable leaders have far greater problems.

    They're getting very worked up about.......................


    No, I'm not kidding. They have banned them because they have just realised that they have creepy crawlies on them.

    By Blogger Frummer?????, at Monday, March 07, 2005 3:52:00 PM  

  • Hey Just saw your Blog. Very My speed.. (thats a compliment) Nice to hear from the young guys some time.....
    All The best and good luck.
    P.s In regards to the Mobile Phones, I heard its falling through! So dont get too worried....

    By Blogger TheGirl, at Tuesday, March 08, 2005 8:51:00 PM  

  • Welcome to the club!

    By Blogger Shlomo Schwartz, at Tuesday, March 08, 2005 8:53:00 PM  

  • Frumer, great post!

    TheGirl, thanks for your words of ecouragement!

    Shlomo, do I already deserve to be on your 'B' list?

    By Blogger yingele, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 12:01:00 AM  

  • I don't contend that you have good reason for the vehement anger glaring from your words. But I do hope you won't content yourself with just blowing off steam. If these issues really matter to you, work on mending, not just rending.

    You seem to have the raw talent and energy needed to do just that. Please develop it!

    By Blogger Josh, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 2:02:00 AM  

  • In China/Japan they have just brought out the latest phone - one that JUST can make and receive calls, with non of the gizmos that come as standard everywhere. This is no joke. It is intended for the older generation, (with large buttons)whom are not a techi, but I can see it being encouraged in the charedi world.

    By Blogger G Green, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 4:01:00 AM  

  • Brilliant post from what is clearly a brilliant young mind. Very much enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit, and come back soon!

    By Anonymous Maria, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 2:39:00 PM  

  • Josh, any ideas on mending and developing? (yingele-at-gmail-dot-com)

    Oh, Maria, thank you for your kind words!

    By Blogger yingele, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 4:07:00 PM  

  • "I do not want to revive the Slifkin account, but when was the last time you saw Rav Eliashiv sticking up for an Agunah? When was the last time Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz stack up for an abused girl in his community?"

    Shalom Yingele,

    Pleased to meet you!

    You can rest assured that these Rabbis have lost many a night's sleep trying to solve these kinds of problems. No, these things are not reported in Yediot, Maariv, HaAretz, and not even in HaModia or Yated Neeman. Please blog away because you got a lot to say, but please do not belittle Torah scholars.

    With regards to SMS, once I got one telling me to call a number with regards to learning Torah. It turns out that it was from a very anti-Torah group that wanted to spread their apikorsut.

    I see you had some bad experiences in Yeshiva. Nu, it happens to the best of us :-) . You should know that the rabbis learn as much from the students as the students learn from the rabbis. If the rabbis are good, they will be willing to listen and help bachorim that have problems and learn from those bachurim. But just as there are good plumbers and bad plumbers, there are good rabbis and well... not so good rabbis.

    By Blogger Cosmic X, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 4:59:00 PM  

  • Funny regarding the phone...when did this really happen?

    By Blogger BasTorah, at Wednesday, March 09, 2005 11:20:00 PM  

  • I understand your frustration, Yingele, and to be honest, I agree with you somewhat. I have a son in Yeshiva now, and it would be extremely convenient for ME if he had a cell phone and we could call each other all the time, instead of him trying to find a payphone to use.

    However, not being that far away from those days, I can tell you that the amount of time he would spend talking to ME would be incredibly small compared the the amount of time he would waste (and charges he would ring up) on that thing.

    And it is WAYY too easy to get into porn and whatnot on the internet. In my day,we had to sneak down to the drug store to get porn...maybe too much information here...

    By Blogger PsychoToddler, at Thursday, March 10, 2005 12:06:00 AM  

  • that is a rant and a childish one at that. the fact that you have supporters only shows that unfortunately there are quite a few ranters.
    why are you so worried about the rabbis time? you complain let them fill their time with other things. they feel that this is one of many important issues which have to be dealt with. the fact that there are also other issues does not detract from this one. also, what chutzpah you have in critisizing r' elyashiv when you have absolutely no idea at all on what he does with his time. how on earth do you know how many agunas he has or hasn't freed that you can openly critisize his lack in doing it - what incredible azus!! the only redeeming part of your blog is when you write that you are only a small yingele. why don't you grow up a bit first before trying to critisize gedolim of whom you have no inkling.

    By Anonymous notimpressed, at Monday, March 14, 2005 12:11:00 AM  

  • UPDATE: Newest
    in the Holy Land.

    By Blogger yingele, at Monday, March 14, 2005 5:01:00 PM  

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