I never wrote like this before but as a mother of daughters, I feel compelled to speak out.
I got a call last week from a total stranger calling me on behalf of someone named Adina Sash running for city council. I thought to myself ok, I never heard of her but here’s a Jewish candidate, ostensibly one of our own, I’ll just vote for her and move on. Why not?
So I open the local paper on Shabbos like I always do, and to my surprise I see that many of our frum leaders and frum politicians are supporting another candidate, not from our own community. Now I’m not a robot, I don’t just follow blindly and I was confused. I picked up the phone after shabbos and called my friend. She is one of those women that has the finger on the pulse of the neighborhood. I asked her what’s going on here? Who are we supporting for the local election this Tuesday? She immediately said, “I want to ask you one question that may answer your first question.” I said hit me. “Ever heard of Flatbush Girl?”
I said yeh, getting nervous, my girls are always mocking her antics. I think she’s a little wild but maybe I’m old. She replied “Adina Sash and Flatbush Girl are the same person!” I froze. I said what? Are you sure? This girl Adina in the paper looked fine to me, nothing like the Flatbush Girl agitator clown she portrays on social media. Come to think of it, there’s no mention of Flatbush Girl in her ad either. Who is she trying to fool I screamed silently? My friend said “you can agree or disagree with anyone on politics but on local issues the Rabbonim and askonim are all saying not to vote for this Adina person. If they are saying vote for someone else, we should pay attention.” I hung up and asked my kids what they thought about Flatbush Girl. I was laughed out of the room. My kids said, “Mommy, nobody takes her seriously we just laugh at her because she does crazy stuff and makes fun of everything and everyone.”
I was shocked to put it mildly. I’m all for laughs and jokes but politics today is serious. We all know how scary the world has become especially for us here in Brooklyn. I’m not sure my kids feel the same way or worry like I do, but then again they are living in a world of bloggers, whatsapp, instagram influencers and satirists like Flatbush Girl who don’t always publicize the best of our frum society. By these people everything is open to criticism, choizek and question. Let’s call it the way it is, these women make my job as a Frum mother trying to raise good girls much much harder. It’s a different world than when we grew up in, but some things like Yiddishkeit are too important to be mocked and open to sarcasm and criticism especially in the Daily News and the New York Post. So forgive me but I find it hard to understand how this same person Adina/ Flatbush Girl now asks us for our vote so she can represent us in the City Council when a lot that she does goes against the heart and soul of the very community she publicly mocks.
So do we vote for her just because she’s Jewish? I’m confused. It seems others are also. In my view we need to ask ourselves, can we mothers support Adina the candidate and reject “Flatbush Girl” the instagram persona who has been trying to influence our daughters and yes our mothers too? Aren’t they one and the same?
Having now seen the vile Flatbush Girl videos flying around WhatsApp this week, my shock and outrage grows. Is this the person we want representing Klal Yisroel in government or anywhere else? I think not.
Despite her recent reinvention as Adina the candidate, I’m now informed the same Adina does not send her children to yeshiva because she doesn’t want to be silenced or controlled by the Yeshivas. I can’t believe such an allegation or such selfishness but people should ask her if that’s true. Simple question Adina, how can you pretend to care about the struggles we all go thru to send our kids to yeshiva when you publicly flout the very system you proclaim to care about?
With rising hatred against us every day this is not the time for jokes or a moment to waste precious votes. We need to take smart advice and guidance from people we trust that have our community’s best interests at heart. I will not be voting for Adina on Tuesday. Neither should you.
Tzippy Stimler – Brooklyn, NY
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