Charedi misinformation, disinformation and downright distortion Part 3

But wait, there’s more. In noting the continued campaign of obstructing the truth and blackwashing what really happens, I can advise that Yated Ne’eman has moved from the sublime to the ridiculous. Yated Ne’eman is a mouthpiece of the Litvishe Misnagdic world. Originally created by R’ Schach ז’ל and the Steipler Gaon ז’ל, the paper is now under the editorial control of R’ Elyashiv, R’ Shteinman and R’ Karelitz.

One popular magazine, entitled Mishpacha, has recently been embroiled in controversy because it dared to publish articles that didn’t simply cover the singular life which starts at Cheder, moves to Yeshivah, and then to Kollel for each and every male Jew. Women, of course, can’t be mentioned in papers with or without pictures, unless they have just passed away. For more on the ban, see here, for example.

Mishpacha is quite popular, especially amongst Western style Agudisten and Right Wing Modern Orthodox. It even had the guts to pubish stories that mentioned R’ Hershel Schachter, the esteemed Rosh Kollel at YU. That is a big no-no. Never mind that R’ Schachter is one of the most respected Poskim today. Yated Ne’eman, however, was apparently losing readers. It needed to muzzle Mishpacha. Fast forward and Mishpacha was banned. The magazine was considered outside the pale of normative (thus used) Charedi Judaism. I’ve seen a few copies of Mishpacha Magazine and it didn’t strike me as being heresy, but what do I know.

So, what happens when a group of people go to visit the famed Yeshivah of Radin, of the Chafetz Chaim ז’ל? Well, of course, Yated publishes a picture of the group outside the Beis Hamedrash. There’s only one problem with the picture. You see, the editor of Mishpacha magazine was present, so what does one do. Doesn’t the Torah say

 and thou shalt photoshop evil from your midst … ובערת הרע מקרבך

And so it came to pass. Exhibit one is the Yated picture, with the editor of Mishpacha photoshopped from the picture so that the Yated readers remain blackwashed. Exhibit two is the original. Hat tip to R’ Segal and the report in Chadrei Charedim.

Exhibit 1: Yated Doctored Image
Exhibit two: Original picture. Where has the man with the multi colored lines gone?

How will the apologists explain this latest nonsense? Whose little world is going to be infected if the editor of Mishpacha remains in the picture?

Author: pitputim

I'm a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia although my views have naught​ to do with my employer. I skylark as the band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel.

9 thoughts on “Charedi misinformation, disinformation and downright distortion Part 3”

  1. I am afraid this is pure sinat chinam. What a shame. Who would ever want to be like
    these people. I would say – no one!

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  2. To use the word “charedi” in the 3 derogatory headlines of these threads is motzi shem ra. Your issue is with some charedim, not with the great majority of them, who have nothing to do with this. Many people do not bother to open a thread, they just skim the headlines, and then each time it is msr. Please check with your LOR and/or posek. I did.

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    1. Fascinating, truly. I will ask.
      Who is your Rav? Can he send a Tshuva please?
      Clearly he applies a din of Rov on a headline and also has made a determination of what Rov actually
      approve of especially if and when they act according to Rabbinic advice

      That being said I will ask but my Rav has been away

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  3. I am at present overseas, due back there shortly IY”H. The Rabbi is the Rov of a small Shul, who I have found very knowledgable and ask him things I have been wanting to ask. I only see him on Shabbos.

    He doesn’t have much idea how the internet works, especially as he has never used it. I tried to explain about blogs and the title or headline and how one needs to enter to see the contents of a headline. I have lately been learning quite a bit of Chofetz Chaim Shmiras Haloshon, so I asked this Rabbi about it being LH. He was of the opinion of MSR, which is worse

    Due to his not having knowledge about blogs(and I may have not mentioned to him any arguments you may have) I asked you to consult your LOR/Posek.

    The Chofetz Chaim has many conditions before one may publicise something. For someone religious, this can make a blog quite “bland”, as opposed to some of the shmutz blogs around, who don’t care about halocha, only when it favours them. I wouldn’t even try to correct them(Al tochiach letz)

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  4. “Yated Ne’eman is a mouthpiece of the Litvishe Misnagdic world. Originally created by R’ Schach ז’ל and the Steipler Gaon ז’ל, the paper is now under the editorial control of R’ Elyashiv, R’ Shteinman and R’ Karelitz.”

    I think the Israeli Yated and the US (Monsey, NY) Yated are two separate entities now, not under the same editorial control.

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