Should We Criticize Jewish Evildoers? – An Exchange With David Klinghoffer Part I

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7 Responses

  1. Jonathan Rosenblum says:

    Anyone remotely connected to journalism must ask himself David’s question frequently. I can hardly wait for Yitzchak’s response.

  2. The Town Crier says:

    Reminds me of a conversation this past weekend when i dared to say “loshon hora” about jack abramoff to a person who in the same discussion talked trash about that “rasha” ariel sharon.

  3. shmuel says:

    Lobbysits buying influence in the government is almost as shocking as finding gambling in a casino.

  4. Larry Lennhoff says:

    I’m not aware of a Torah directive to publicly denounce another Jew
    More proof people don’t read Neviim. :>) Nathan and King David, anyone? Just one example, I’m sure people can come up with lots of others.

  5. mb says:

    “I’m not aware of a Torah directive to publicly denounce another Jew”

    Pinchas comes to mind. A rather extreme form of it though

  6. Anonymous in LA says:

    Has anyone considered recommending Abramoff consider the Mission Impossible option to satisfy headcovering halacha by wearing a toupee?

    One was used by actor Steven Hill in the series in 1966, who appeared on Mission Impossible before Peter Graves started in the second season.

  7. Shira Schmidt says:

    16 bTevet
    When Yitzhak Rabin was murdered, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein gave a sicha to his students at Yehsivat Har Etzion (the Gush). You can read it at

    There are many differences between the two cases (Jack Abramoff and Yigal Amir). Two are
    a)the former is innocent until proven guilty, confession (“adam mesim et atzmo rasha”) being halahically problematic; b) Amir murdered Rabin in the name of Judaism, whereas if Abramoff did what he is accused of, he didn’t do it in the name of Judaism.

    Nevertheless, the self-examination such a situation prompts might be in order. Here are a few segments from the lengthy analysis Rav Lichtenstein wrote a week after the Rabin assassination:

    Last week I visited mori ve-rabi Harav Aharon Soloveitchik … As soon as I walked in, he repeated over and over – “A badge of shame, a
    badge of shame.” For two days, he hadn’t slept, out of shame
    and humiliation. This shame, that our state, our people,
    should have fallen to such a level, should be felt by everyone
    – religious, secular, right and left. For to the extent that
    we feel any sense of unity within Am Yisrael, to the extent
    that we feel like a single body, then the entire body should
    feel shamed and pained no matter which limb is responsible for
    this tragedy.
    But naturally, this shame should be felt by our camp…It is indefensible that one who is willing to take credit when the sun is shining should shrug off responsibility
    when it begins to rain. Let us face our responsibility not defensively, but as Chazal would see it……Concerning one who worships the Molekh, the verse states, “I shall put my face against that man and his family (Lev. 20:5).” The gemara asks, “If he sinned, did his family sin? This teaches you that there is no family that includes an extortionist where they are not all extortionists, and none that includes a robber where they are not all robbers –
    because they protect him (Shevuot 39a).”
    Let us not fool ourselves – to a great extent we are all his family.

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