The yetzer hara seems to have smuggled itself into our schools under the disguise of “exclusivity” and is here to stay. So now the real question is: how do we fight it?
While it is true that providing for one’s family is not a responsibility to be shirked, the issue is more what is deemed the priority of Jewish education.
A not-rose-colored perception of reality is a stark contrast to the platitudes we are used to hearing.
Let’s be a place where the soapbox is stored away and where minds can meet without being cut down to size, or narrowed in order to get along.
Taking a step back from the issue itself, the matter seemed to boil down in an abstract sense as to whether to follow conventional wisdom or resist it.
So I beg you to forgive me if I don’t acknowledge or attend / Believe me, it’s not because I don’t want to be your friend.
Let’s start off asking questions that are different than the ones other magazines ask. Why not? We’re a different magazine, maybe a different breed of magazine.
“I will take for my hero a genius who has made a fortune in computers. He came from a pious Jewish background, of course he no longer keeps the mitzvot, but before he got off the straight path he learned something. I’ll have him do teshuvah.”
Israel holds itself to a different set of rules. Israel’s enemies know this and they manipulate it.
We needn’t be swept up in the sword dance of ‘conformity and the conformity of non-conformity’, but rather simply be (and write)…real.