Monday, April 07, 2008

Another voice spitting into the wind.

From Emes Ve-Emunah:
Monday, April 07, 2008
Distorted Values

...Somehow the values of the ‘street’ are OK when it comes to the violations of Bein Adam L’Makom. That’s seems to be a constant theme in these circles. It is not just a bunch of hooligans. It seems that there is a certain mindset among a large group of Charedim where hooliganism is bred into their behavior patterns these days. They feel that they are now big enough to flex their muscles and they are going to get their way by hook or crook!

I’ve experienced it myself, in a milder form a few years ago on a flight to Israel. A group of Chasidic Jews acted like they were royalty from the moment they got on the plane - ordering the flight crew around like they were their personal servants. This was a not Jewish flight crew. It was on an American carrier. I was extremely embarrassed by their behavior and apologized to one of the flight attendants who I thought got the most abuse. She took it very gracefully and said she was used to it from these people by now.

I believe there is haughtiness and arrogance combined with a sense of self righteousness that contributes to this problem …as does an absolute disdain for others outside of their own very narrow community. This segment of Charedi or Chasidic Jews is taught to believe that they are the chosen by God. - princes among men. An Am Bechira. A Mamleches Kohanim V’Goy Kadosh. Yes, the Torah does tell us that. But they are not taught how act as holy people. They act instead like gangs, thugs, and mafiosos!

Secular Jews and non Jews are looked at as virtually subhuman. And if they get in their way…watch out! - They have to be dealt with effectively by whatever means necessary. It doesn’t matter what ‘the goy’ thinks! Nor does it matter what the hated Chiloni thinks. The world is their oyster and was created to serve them. This is how they are brought up from the day one. They are so sheltered that they have no opportunity to learn alternate ways of thinking...

What can I say? It's true - the people who live and work in the areas around Cheredi neighborhoods, the airline personnel who work "their" routes, the various state and local officials who serve those areas, and anyone else who's had the misfortune to deal with them - they're "used to it from these people."

"These people" are making all of us - of any sect, all Jews everywhere - abhorrent to the rest of the world. That has nowhere to go but bad, class. Nowhere at all.

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