Disappointed in the Appointed: Grasping How Orthodox Leaders Can Lead Unorthodox Lives

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Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch's Blog

What a Shame

A brilliant talmid chacham (Torah scholar), who taught Torah to thousands both in person and through shiurim (classes) on several websites, was recently discovered to have violated several extremely serious Torah, Rabbinic, and ethical prohibitions which lie at the very core of Orthodox Judaism. People discussed with me that they are upset, shaken, shocked, or hurt by the recent unmasking of that scandal. Unfortunately, it was not the first violation of its kind by prominent rabbinic figures and, it will probably not be the last, rachamana litzlan (G-d protect us). For many it causes personal, religious, or ethical difficulties, or a combination of those.

How are you reacting to that news? Perhaps you have found yourself asking questions like these:

How could it be? I just don’t understand it. How could a person so involved in Torah also behave in such a way?

My seminary hired him…

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2 thoughts on “Disappointed in the Appointed: Grasping How Orthodox Leaders Can Lead Unorthodox Lives

  1. “A brilliant talmid chacham (Torah scholar), who taught Torah to thousands both in person and through shiurim (classes) on several websites, was recently discovered to have violated several extremely serious Torah, Rabbinic, and ethical prohibitions which lie at the very core of Orthodox Judaism.”

    “How are you reacting to that news?”

    Oh, yea. I remember that incident clearly… the Torah scholar… thousands of followers… turns out to be a phony.

    Is he writing one of those Orthodox non-report stories about a specific event? Or, making the point that this happens all the time so fill in the blanks yourself?

    He seems to be writing under the assumption that “rabbi” is a respectable title. Spend enough time at any Chabad and you’ll know it’s a joke… a cruel one at that for the unsuspecting.

    Anyway, the best way to avoid being ‘Disappointed in the Appointed’ is to expect nothing from them. No honesty, no integrity, no love for others, no empathy, no common courtesy, no practical wisdom. Just plenty of schnorring and bullshit.

    Take your lives back, Jews. And never underestimate the power of “up yours!”

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  2. Sure thing. Did Zegas settle?

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