Outmaneuvered by Dossim


There’s an organization called “Dossim” in Israel that has been working to counter the anti-charedi bias of Israel’s secular media for over a year. It is how I first met Tzippy Yarom, who did the first-draft translation of my earlier post about Yom HaZikaron-related incitement.

A group from Dossim assembled last night in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, which is where the media usually go to capture their annual photographs of those Charedim who do not stand during the siren. When media arrived, they found the group had lit memorial candles and was reciting Tehillim on behalf of the IDF’s fallen soldiers, before and during the siren.

They made the point that the vast majority of charedim do indeed stand during the siren, and that we must remember something else — to call for the end of incitement.

[Hat Tip: Ellen Solomon]

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Ellen Solomon
1 year 4 months ago

Unfortunately, those who originally cried out that this moment of silence is “chukot hagoyim” were not advocating sensitivity way back when. So it is a real nechama that the reconciliation is coming from within the Charedi community, both as a public policy (to be sensitive to the well-meaning Israelis around them) and with some cleverness toward ending the media fest that has festered. BE”H I’m sure these voices will succeed.

Shua Cohen
1 year 5 months ago

To Rafael A.:

I don’t usually respond to people who don’t reveal their full names, but I’m making an exception here because I perused some of your prior posts and, lo-and-behold, I find your positions to be intelligently and fairly expressed (and pretty much reflecting my own).

So your current broadside against me leaves me perplexed. I say “broadside,” because when I take exception to a posted comment, I almost always quote the words that I am addressing in my critique. In this case, however, you have accused me of “hubris” in “EVERY” post? Either you have a phenomenal memory, or you took the time to re-read past posts of mine (which I find hardly likely). But, if either is true, I would ask that you kindly give an example (or two) as to what you find hubristic, so that I can at least put your accusation to self-examination, and perhaps elect to respond. Currently, however, you have not allowed me either of these options. Instead, you have taken an overly generalized pot-shot at me, which I don’t think is fair.

Rafael A.
1 year 5 months ago

Yes Shua, you’re right…take a look in the mirror. Your hubris shines right through in every post.

Shua Cohen
1 year 5 months ago

“I am quite aware of what Rabbi Sholom Gold believes he was told (It likely was a sagacious “b’derech she’adam rotzeh ley’lech..)”

Wow…talk about an outsized display of cognitive dissonance.

1 year 5 months ago

How do u forbid WHOLESALE ALIYAH? was the Moetzes any stronger than then now? Would have a Kol Korai make a dent?
Reb Yaakov zt”l advocated Aliyah for those who were determined. Check out all his family members & grandchildren who are living there.

No one is whitewashing the difficulties or trials of settling in Eretz Yisroel.. Just stop rewriting history. As example Rav Gifter also advocated settling in Eretz Yisroel & always mourned not being there.