Sounds crazy, right? Hamodia, the newspaper of “Torah Jewry,” promoting intermarriage, how can that be?!?!? As much as it pains me to write this letter, I feel that I have an obligation to do so. You see, I am a Rebbe in yeshiva. I spend my life trying to instill in my talmidim yiras shomayim. I don’t make a lot of money and as you can see from this letter; my English is okay, but not great. However, every week I scrape a couple of dollars together to buy a weekly edition of Hamodia. Why? Because Hamodia promises me that it is a quality newspaper that only brings a Torah hashkofah into my home. Well, I won’t be fooled by that false promise again.
Let me explain. This week, as I was reading my copy of Hamodia and as my older son was enjoying the magazine, I came across a photo announcing “Yeshivos Thank Assemblyman,” where three prominent rabbonim were photographed supporting Steven Cymbrowitz – a renowned yid Assemblyman who is now intermarried to a Hispanic Catholic woman. If that wasn’t bad enough, a few pages later Hamodia’s star interviewer – Yosef Rappaport – spent a full page interviewing Anthony Weiner, another renowned yid Congressman who is now intermarried to a Muslim Arab woman.
So let me get this straight: chas v’shalom Hamodia should ever show a picture of a woman, even a little girl, but they will promote politicians who have intermarried? Hey, you’ll tell me, they have NO CHOICE. After all, these are the politicians we are stuck with. Normally you may be right. However, this is the final newspaper before Election Day and both of these politicians are being challenged by better candidates. Cymbrowitz has a frum yungerman running against him – Yosef Hayon and Weiner has a conservative Republican running against him – Bob Turner. So why not profile them instead?
Even worse, standing in the Hamodia picture with Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz were three prominent members from our community.
Why on earth would three prominent rabbonim stand with a man who has intermarried in the heart of our frum community? What kind of message does it send to their talmidim that when a yid becomes a successful elected official the first thing the yid does is go and marry a shiksa?
If that wasn’t outrageous enough, Hamodia played into the propaganda by allowing Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is still in his shona rishona with his Muslim Arab wife, to be photographed with a yarmulke on at the Hamodia offices. In my yeshiva we have an apt description for this: “Kusher Chazer Feesel.” And please spare me about him NOT being Jewish. One of the parents in my yeshiva has known Weiner since he was a kid. I’m told definitively that both of his parents are 100% Jewish (apparently they have mezuzah’s all over their home, made a bar-mitvzah for all of their kids and even sat shiva, nebach, for one of their sons who died at an early age).
Enough is enough. Hamodia owes all of us an apology. Until they publicly apologize, I won’t buy another Hamodia and encourage you to do the same. From now on it’s only Yated Ne’eman in my home.
Rabbi A.S. is a Rebbe in a prominent yeshiva in Brooklyn and has asked YWN to refer to him only by his initials. The views expressed in this letter are solely of A.S. and are not necessarily those of Yeshiva World News.