Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Answer to Yesterday's Quiz

The largest institution of Jewish learning in the history of the Western World is....
Bais Medrash Gevoha of Lakewood, NJ.

OK. So why am I giving history lessons on my Blog? Mainly because this shows a major failing on the part of the American Jewish Media Elite. If one looks through the archives of the major (and minor) Jewish newspapers, they have almost no stories about Bais Medrash Gevoha. One can think of any one of a hundred reasons and counter-reasons why this is so, but it boils down to a combination of two factors:
1) The American Jewish media is lazy and doesn't do any real reporting (i.e. "since Hamodia and Yated are not available on the web and anyway, who cares about those silly backwards Chareidim, let's ignore them.")
2) The American Jewish media doesn't know anything about the Jewish Community outside of their backyard.

Now this would normally not be a problem. OK, so there are amharatzim and idiots in the world. However, since many Jews and, more importantly, non-Jews use this Jewish media for their understand of the American Jewish Community, it is more than just unfortunate that they appear to ignore one of the most vibrant, fast-growing, Jewish communities, it is irresponsible. It begs larger questions about perceptions of the Jewish community and Jewish education.

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