Governing Ourselves

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Spitzer is a Jew, and as such, we should feel sorry about the chinuch he was never given. But I still cannot help but feel even more sorry for his family. His wife’s life has been wrecked and his 3 teenage daughters must go to school and suffer the stares, and probably the taunts about their father. True, I will never know what it is like to be in a position of power, but is not something wrong when a man can do what he wants without so much as a thought as to what it means for his beloved family?

  2. Anonymous 1 says:

    I want to suggest a perspective which I have not seen noted anywere.

    Perhaps the reason the former Governor fought so valiantly against the Zonah (Kedaishahs)industry was because he resented their very existence. He probably believed (and rightly so), had this industry not existed, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to commit such evil acts. This is probably what motivated him to “steamroll” the Z’nus industry.

    I will open up and admit to you one of my own shortcomings. I am embarrassed to admit (hence the name “Anonymous 1”) that at times, I have seen Pritzus in public and did not look away. This is clearly a violation of the Mitzvah “Do not stray after your heart and your eyes”. While this emboldens me to speak out strongly about the importance of Tznius, I can’t escape the fact that I am the one ultimately responsible for my Aveira. Never-the-less, if I had the power to uproot Pritzus from the Rishus Harabim, the TV, movies & the internet, I would do so with a passion.

    Does this make me a hypocrite?

    I will let you, the reader, decide, although I fully realize that ultimately, Hashem will make the final decision.

    May we all be Mikabel and Mikayeim to perform Teshuva Mayahavah this Purim Season. Purim Sameach!

  3. LOberstein says:

    You are right as ususual. Our Christian countrymen would say “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. All too often people who are paragons of virtue in the eyes of the community are found to have broken the law or done something that brings dishonor on themselves and the community. We have to be careful to avoid self righteousnes .
    One of the issues facing chareidi journalism is that the censorship is such that we find it hard to deal openly with members of the community who violate the law. We don’t print a word and many make the assumption that we condone illegality, “as long as it is for a good cause” or because the cost of living a frum lifestyle is so high that “cutting corners” with the law is ok. Often, we out of towners are called naive and foolish because we don’t go along with shtik . Is it because of loshon hora or because it is so endemic that what can we say.

  4. R Tzohar says:

    “After all, we must all learn to control, not be controlled by, our desires – to, so to speak, govern ourselves.”

    This is precisely the point. The sooner it becomes understood that the temptation has to be overcome by each and every person on their own, that the individual must be take responsibility for their own action the healthier Torah-true society will be. That means educating bochurim rather than banning women. The sooner it becomes legitimate to be a modest woman at the front of the bus (or anywhere else) and illegitimate to be a prutzah anywhere and the difference is clear, the healthier our society will be.

  5. L Oberstein says:

    “Never-the-less, if I had the power to uproot Pritzus from the Rishus Harabim, the TV, movies & the internet, I would do so with a passion”.
    No…NO…No..! If you have issues that need to be resolved, don’t do so at the public’s expense. Seek your own counsel. I don’t want to live in Taliban Afganistan . There must be a balance between individual autonomy and societal needs . I won’t live in Mullah controlled Iran and some day the young people there will rise up. G-d Bless America, this is where we orthodox Jews have thrived. In this country we can go to college, choose our livlihood, vacation where we want, and raise our families as we choose. In this society, davka (specifically), orthodoxy has flourished in a far healthier and normal way than elsewhere.

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