Thursday, October 20, 2011

Baruch's Best

Alright, so this is a good week for this blog, so don't tune out! A couple announcements:

1. As a guest post at On the Main Line, my fascinating interview with Rabbi Avi Shafran. You don't want to miss a word!!!

2. Ever wonder what it's like to be a Haredi Litvishe Democrat? Check out Rabbi Leonard Oberstein's answers to my questionnaire.

3. Within the next few days, I'll be putting up my opening argument for the promised text debate with Dovid.


  1. Good interview.

    Shafran is a talented liar. Not as good as Garnel, but close. The biggest lie in this interview is:

    "AS: If they said give up the theoretical, I could not accept that (although there are those who have that netiah [leaning] to follow that derech [approach]). But I don't think they would ever do that. I really don't. I mean, it's like saying what would happen if they told me to go out and convert to Christianity. It's not going to happen. This wouldn't happen either. I think that the gedolim that I’ve interacted with would respect in theory the Hirschian derech, just like a Litvisher Godol would respect a Chassidisher derech, even though it's not his. And vice versa. I mean, there is a pluralism in Orthodoxy, in Ultra-Orthodoxy, that people don't fully appreciate."

    I would have ripped his head off.

  2. I personally can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese facial features but they certainly can.
    Most people outside the UO community can't tell the difference between different types of UO's either but there is certainly a tremendous amount of variety within that community.
    That's not the problem with Rav Shafran's final statement. The problem is that for Rav Shafran and his ilk, the UO community is the entire Orthodox community with everyone else being on the outside.