Spiritual Fast Food

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  1. Jewish Observer says:

    “Who is A-Rod? He is Alex Rodriguez, the star third baseman of the New York Yankees, who commands a $300 million contract and is considered the best baseball player since Willie Mays.”

    – who is Willy Mays?

  2. SM says:

    Absolutely. The Kabbala being peddled today offers something for nothing. This offer is desirable to many. A perception that one never gets something for nothing – not because the person making the offer is always a fraudster, but because something obtained for nothing is always worthless – would be a help.

    This viewpoint plainly needs to be instilled at home. Although I do not take the view that modern society is necessarily evil and I have a TV etc, I do acknowledge that the message is not one shared by the media or the press. What is required is a consumerist approach that insists on ethical behaviour, even at the expense of personal inconvenience and financial expenditure. I fear that, if we had that, the Meschiach would already be here.

    For now I simply try to teach my kids that these ‘role models’ are nothing of the kind and encourage a critique of their behaviour. And pray…

  3. One Christian's perspective says:

    WOW !

    Thank you for speaking truth in wisdom and in love.

    G-d doesn’t demand a fast track, in fact, He always meets us where we are in the midst of our stuff and struggle in ways unanticipated and unexpected but in His way so that He gets the glory and we know it wasn’t by our work. Those who sincerely seek Him and His wisdom, find it. G-d hasn’t changed His plan or method. Man, on-the-other hand, often thinks he has a better way……one that is more complex and complicated than G-d ever intended.

  4. Jeff Fielding says:

    An excellent commentary, but ironic to find on the same page an ad for Western Wall Prayers, clearly advertised as a means to achieve a spiritual goal without effort on your part (other than spending a bit of money). Fast-food religion at its finest!

  5. Bob Miller says:

    This gives Major League Baseball a new challenge. In the past, they confiscated and checked bats thought to have cork inside that illegally enhanced performance. Now, they may have to check bat handles for red string in or under the tape.

  6. Shlomo says:

    “- who is Willy Mays?”

    To put it in yeshivish terms: among baseball players, Willie Mays was the godol hador of the previous generation.

    BTW, this is the best article I’ve read in a long time. Wow.

  7. LOberstein says:

    There are several rabbis whose opinions must be right as I always agree with them, these include Rabbis Emanuel Feldman and Berel Wein.
    How do we deal with the many advertisements and mail solicitations which promise that if we give money to their cause, Rabbi Kanievski, or some godol of equal stature will daven for me at a specific holy place.
    I know many “Litvishe” people whose idea of a trip to Israel is going from tzadik to tzadik for brochos and then from grave to grave.
    Then you have the “segulos”, whatever they may be e.g. if I give Chai rotel mashkeh at the grave in Meron, I will be saved from whatever problem I have. The pages of our frum papers are full of these ads.
    Does Rabbi Feldman and do others think that this is the authentic yiddishkeit of former generations or has something crept in that is really foreign, at least for non chassidim? What do the wise people of the blogosphere think? Is this authentic,orthodox Judaism or something altogether from a different mindset and belief system.

  8. Ori says:

    LOberstein, whether it’s authentic, orthodox Judaism I don’t know. But I have a theory where it came from. PArts of Israeli Charedi society are poor. The temptation is find something to sell is very strong when you have five children and a small Kollel stipend and a tiny government kitzbat yeladim (child payment, which the Israeli government gives on a per-child basis to the parents).

    Children and teenagers need to be taught job skills. I don’t know from first-hand experience, but from what I heard a lot of Charedi children do not.

  9. tzippi says:

    Rabbi O (re comment 7), Rabbi Yisrael Reisman spoke about segulos during one of his motzei Shabbos navi shiurim. If I can find the date, I’ll share it. You’ll like his views.

    And hoping I don’t offend the Rabbis in question, may our senior rabbanim, such as Rabbi Feldman and Wein have many more years of good health to communicate and share the clarity their years and experience have brought them.

  10. Ori says:

    LOberstein, whether it’s authentic, orthodox Judaism I don’t know. But I have a theory where it came from. Parts of Israeli Charedi society are poor. The temptation is find something to sell is very strong when you have five children and your income consists of a small Kollel stipend and a tiny government kitzbat yeladim (child payment, which the Israeli government gives on a per-child basis to the parents).

    Children and teenagers need to be taught job skills. I don’t know from first-hand experience, but from what I heard a lot of Charedi children are not.

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