Taking a Shyne to Judaism

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  1. S. says:

    I’m curious if you thought the Lamborghini comment was a kiddush Hashem? It struck me as a weird form of Prosperity Theology, which seems to be so popular these days, and which he superimposed onto Orthodox Judaism. Actually, it’s a little bit frightening if his honest assessment was that Orthodox Judaism is into materialism, and he can have his spiritual life and his Lamborghini too. Is this what he saw and concluded from taking a look at OJ?

    [YA – I found his reference to owning a Lamborghini extremely shallow and disappointing. I’m experienced enough with the press getting important things wrong that I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. And Prosperity Theology may not be the culprit at all. It could just as easily been an earlier impression that true spirituality demands renouncing any claim to this world – and some kiruv worker telling him that this is not the case in Judaism. We should probably find out more before rendering judgment. (I did speak with a mechanech in Yerushalayim about the propriety of inviting Shyne to speak at his yeshiva for Americans. We agreed that if he had nothing more profound to offer than his preference for expensive cars, that he could take his message elsewhere.) ]

  2. Jeff Seidel says:

    Here in Israel,Shyne and I are daily study partners in the Yeshiva – College for Jewish Learning, he is very prompt, punctual, attentive, and a real pleasure to study with. As a result we have become very good friends. We just spent a weekend on Prague with a gathering of students from Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Ben Gurion University. As we walk the streets of Jerusalem together, he has become a popular figure and an inspiration to all the young people here.

  3. S. says:

    In fairness, it could have been a leading question – they could have asked him “what about all your bling?” and that was his response, and maybe he was kind of kidding.

    Still, I was wondering, if not worrying, that someone could really look at Orthodox society and think that. I mean, people see what they see. I don’t think there are too many Lamborghinis around, but as a lot of people are fond of pointing out, Judaism doesn’t frown on gashmiyus – or at least that’s the impression one can sometimes get by puk chazi.

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