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Look at pictures from the 1950s. Men always wore hats and jackets in the street.
It is no surprise we are still in golus. We cry about the torment of Rubashkin and Pollard by the US courts but we remain silent when a shul and its parent organization use those same secular courts to torment a widow and tell people to ignore the Bet Din courts established by the Torah.
National Council of Young Israel knows how to put out press releases. But that’s all they seem to do. Their campaign for Jonathan Pollard is to their benefit, not for him. Do they seriously think that writing to Obama is the way to help Pollard? A Federal judge has said a low-key approach of requesting parole without drawing attention would be the best way to obtain Pollard’s release. But NCYI is more interested in publicity than in really getting freedom for Pollard.
Is Shalom Rubashkin’s plight similar to that of Yair ben Menashe because executives’ actions of a particular “frum” organization are similar to that of Achan ben Carmi? According to Rabbi Nechemia, in Perek 7 of Sefer Yehoshua we learn that one man suffered death, Yair ben Menashe, because of Achan’s greed. Why should Yair have died and in turn caused grieving to the entire Klal Yisroel because of another man’s totally unrelated greed? We as a Klal grieve for the injustice being done to Shalom Rubashkin. Is there a lesson to be learned here?
Getting back to my original post, if I go out of town on business and I see a shul that has the trademarked name of the same shul as I sometimes daven in Brookline or Brooklyn, I simply assume it is a kosher shul. But if I see things such as outright Chillul Shabbos by the shul officers , I have to wonder.
If a parking lot cannot be gated off, the spaces that are open directly in front of the shul should have a sign saying that the spaces are not available on Shabbat unless parked since Friday eve. Better yet, cones should be placed in them at Friday sunset. Nobody parks in a rabbi’s space on Saturday morning which has a RESERVED sign even though they know he won’t be using it. Isn’t the honor of Shabbat at least as important as the rabbi’s?