Hammering Hammerman

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7 Responses

  1. E. Fink says:

    You are being very unfair. Hammerman retracted his article over a week ago.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    E. Fink, Hammerman reacted to the blowback.

  3. Friar Yid says:

    But what astounds is the fact that Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt did not realize in advance how profoundly offensive Hammerman’s piece would be to American Christians, including many of Israel’s strongest supporters, or how the damage would be multiplied by the title “rabbi,” which Hammerman has appropriated.

    This story says more about the Jewish Week’s lack of good editors than it does about your average non-Orthodox American Jew. Remember this is the same editor that didn’t think a blog post by the paper’s associate editor saying Reform Jews were worse than radical Islamists would be a big deal.

    While there is a fair amount of cultural discomfort between Jews (of all stripes) and religious Christians, claiming this one rabbi speaks for millions of non-Orthodox Jews is just as unfair as people claiming that the Haredi rioters in Bet Shemesh represent all Orthodox Jews.

  4. DF says:

    It was a repulsive article, and Hammerman’s apology was indeed mealy-mouthed, like you say. But I think the Jewish Week itself simply didnt catch this, realized it made a mistake (even if prompted by blowback, which is usually how these mistakes are caught) and sincerely apologized. Gary Rosenblatt is a lefty, but unlike Hammerman, he’s not a bigot.

  5. Reb Yid says:

    Yes, this Opinion piece appeared in a New York Federation paper, but it is a community paper. It has published Opinion Pieces from all kinds of authors all over the spectrum–some of whom, by the way, are Cross Currents contributors.

    But the piece was written by one individual. It made no claims regarding any other rabbis, any other movements within Judaism or Federation. It was roundly condemned, the piece was retracted, and Federation issued an apology.

    Let’s move on…

  6. Baruch Gitlin says:

    Although I didn’t read the article in question, I agree generally that what you refer to as our “heterodox clergymen” should not be disrespectful of religious faith, both ours and the faith of others. On the other hand, I think it is unfair to make this statement without referring to the phenomenon of religious Jews spitting at priests in Meah Shearim. It is not only “heterodox clergymen” who sometimes show disrespect for other faiths, and these spitting incidents certainly don’t win the Jews any friends. More importantly, it’s completely wrong – I’m sure I don’t have to point out the incident of the nun who came to Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky’s funeral because he had always said a friendly good morning whenever he walked by her, since I believe it was your biography in which I read that story.

  7. Zalman Alpert says:

    I have always thought that Orthodox jews have little to fear from the Fundamentalist efforts at Shmad. After all we know who we are and what we are.So we can cooperate on matters concerning Israel.
    MY non religious friends of the Jewish faith who are very smart men are always expressign their fear of these efforts and hate the Southern baptists.
    Indeed they do have some thing to fear as thier kids and family members may in fact be potential victims.
    So I am always wondering if we the Orthodox should bear this in mind when dealing with these pro israel Christian groups.
    Indeed our kids are safe and we can “use ” their pro Israel political stand, but perhaps our achrayas for klal israel ought to put some “breaks” on these relationships for their sake.
    Here isa matetr that I think we could use “Daas Torah”.

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