Disgusted

I woke up this morning to find that a certain anonymous person took advantage of the Lag BaOmer holiday and tossed a book into the fire. It wasn’t just any book, and he photographed the whole thing and sent these pictures to a well known blogger. He burned DovBears book.

While I may not always agree with DovBear, he has a right to his opinion. Through him I have learned many things and made more contacts and friends. It is this kind of disgusting and hateful behaviour that caused Rabbi Akiva to lose thousands and thousands of students.

In today’s day and age we have the right to free speech. DovBear’s book is a Torah book – his insights to the parsha – How on earth can anyone justify burning such a book?? And to be so proud as to take pictures?

I am roiling boiling mad right now. I refuse to post a link to that blog that shows the pictures and I hope the blogger has the good sense to take them down and give no more credence to this shameful act.

DovBear – Rock On Dude. Keep on doing what you are doing. Don’t let the actions of one insane soul get to you. I, and other fellow bloggers and friends, have got your back!

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12 responses to “Disgusted

  1. Unfortunately imbeciles do exist and we can’t stop them!

    • ID,

      Ultimately, if we keep making it harder for them to get away with it, they may eventually stop.

  2. Agree with every word. Already wrote to blogger who did it out of disgust for giving this guy his 15 minutes of fame. DB is incredibly knowledgable and I have learned more torah from him than I ever did from anyone else. Needless to say, he has my full support.

  3. I agree! I mention Dov Bear’s blog in my latest column which appears in a U.S. Jewish newspaper. The blog fills a very important need and is certainly following in the Jewish tradition.

    You can see the column which speaks of how traditional Jewish institutions must change and begin using Web 2.0 and change their perceptions and perspectives if they are to attract today’s generation.

    Dov Bear and In The Pink are two great examples of what I speak about in “Jewish institutions must change to attract today’s ‘New Jew’ ” at http://www.jewishvoicesnj.org/news/2010-04-21/Columns/Jewish_institutions_must_change_to_attract_todays_.html

  4. To tell you the truth I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry here….
    But yeah I got your backs too.

  5. Agree with the comments. Whether you agree or disagree with DovBear, burning what you don’t like is not the answer.

  6. one must admit that this is not a constitutional question, but rather a halachic question. one has a constitutional right to many things that are yeihareig v’al yaavor. if someone rules that the halacha of burning applies—as it would for heretical material , in many circles—then, if dovbear is heretical in their eyes, his works meets that fate…..an apikoris sofer’s torah has no kdusha

    • Heretical material or not, whatever your rav (or, more likely, not your rav, just you) may feel towards any particular person, the fact remains:

      The irony of burning the work that another Jew has done based upon his learning of Torah, ON LAG B’OMER of all days, is so intrepidly disgusting that we absolutely do not merit to see Moshiach anytime soon.

  7. “credence to this shameful act”

    Publishing photos shames the person burning the book, not the author.

    Hiding things under the rug on the other hand, is worse.

    I think we need to see things in our society as they are, and not try to hide them. We had enough of that over the years, and the results have never been helpful to the Jewish community as a whole, nor to those who were abused.

    Publishing news worthy photos like this, in my opinion reveal what really goes on. I also put in a link to where one could purchase DovBear’s book — and retaliate against those who burn it.

    I would post photos of any book burning…as I have posted photos of shuls being destroyed, sefarim that have been burned, and the tombs of Jews that have been defaced.

    Its important to see, people. Hushing it up is the wrong way to go about it.

    And publishing the photos in no way advocates the burning of books. How that was ever even suggested is beyond me.

    Regards!

    –jameel

  8. “…a certain anonymous person took advantage of the Lag BaOmer holiday and tossed a book into the fire. It wasn’t just any book, and he photographed the whole thing and sent these pictures to a well known blogger.

    How on earth can anyone justify burning such a book?? And to be so proud as to take pictures?”

    Why are you assuming that the person who burned the book was the same person who took the photos?

    (For the record, btw, I happen to know that he wasn’t.)

    “…I hope the blogger has the good sense to take them down and give no more credence to this shameful act.”

    Why does informing the public of a shameful act give credence to it? To the contrary, it is critical that people be aware that there are people doing reprehensible things like this — and to condemn it, as Jameel did. Kudos to him.

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