- The Skverer Rebbe moves forward with a separate Hatzolah for women, by women. (With scans.) I presume if a woman is drowning, a man can jump in and save her. Rafi G. has commentary, and the text as a scrollable document.
- VosIsNeis has a take on the statement of Rav Belsky about Chabad.
But an interesting comment ("interesting" does not necessarily convey endorsement):
Many frum yidden put pictures of tzadikim in cribs and on their walls, and today the gedolim worship that goes on is equal or greater then what Lubavitch does for the rebbe. Who wouldnt want the bracha of a tzadik, living or niftar. Do we not still pray to Rochel Imanu? Do we not still celebrate birthdays of Moshe Rabenu? Do we not buy magazines that plaster pictures of gedolim? In the last Oorah Chinese auction they were offering "brachas from a gadol" as a prize. Is that not making a mockery?And another:
As a student of Rav Belsky who resides in Crown Heights, may I just paraphrase the mishna in Avos that a machlokes leshem shemayim an argument for the sake of Heaven is bound to succeed, and an argument that is not leshem shemayim is not going to succeed.Meanwhile, I still think Rav Belsky was right, and the fact that Lubavitch chassidim threw a public tantrum is not an answer. There is too much focus on the one, deceased person.
A machlokes leshem shemayim, is an important part of the argued cases within Talmud itself.
The main thing is to honor Torah, so that if a gadol speaks what you may or may not agree with, make sure your comments are with respect. However, be careful...
A good rule is, if you are being disrespectful to someone you disagree with, you are probably making some kind of error. This rule, however, does not apply to tzadikim like Rav Belsky who we are obligated to judge favorably even if an apparent mistake was made.
If you are a titan in Torah, you can join in the argument. Ask yourself, however, if you are not a gadol in Torah if your statement itself helps the discussion or rather implicitly insults the gadol for your comparing your reasoning to his, and then implicitly judges his Torah filled reasoning as being so obviously less than yours.
When reading a Rav's statement the first question we should ask ourselves is not, do I agree with this? Is this fun? Am I insulted? Rather we should ask ourselves, under what circumstances does this general rule apply and not apply. That question is best asked as a follow up to the source of the original statement, and not by everyone and his grandmother with an opinion in the blogosphere.
If a statement is a public evil, then it's good to protest. But a Rav's statement is a lesson, not a decree, and it therefore calls for a wise and respectful follow up question if it is not understood at face value to be consistent with the Holy Word of the Living God of Yisrael who we are obligated to honor through His holy sages.
- Create your own fonts for free online. Somewhat crude, but very simple to use. I did not see anything which would allow uploading of an image and casting it to a specific character in the font set.
- German court rules Muslim girl must take coed swimming lessons. I side with the Muslim girl and her family on this, and don't think it is the role of the courts to determine what is and is not religiously acceptable, as they appear to have done here.