Thursday, March 18, 2004

Jewish Action Articles

Normally, I would not plug articles in the Orthodox Union's Jewish Action magazine, as the vast majority of what's there is not worthy of Hock. However, in the most recent issue, which is not yet available online, there are two articles worth noting.

Yitzchak Adlerstein, who plays internet/computer guru for JA (not to be confused with the JLA) has an extremely positive article on Blogs, with a special plug for UnbrokenGlass. I believe that this is the first time a "mainstream" Orthodox Jewish publication or organization has come out in favor of Blogs.

On a side note, I would like to mention how I think that he misses much of the point of blogging. He points out the problem of potential Lashon Harah in blogging, but there is a more serious issue involved. There is something inherently un-tzenius about publicly talking about some of the most intimate aspects of your personal life with the potentially millions of web readers. (Even though most Blogs go unread, it is the implication of sharing the intimate details of one's existence with total strangers, which is unhealthy.) If there is any meaning in the Jewish values of "Kol Kavod Bat/s Melech Penima," "Kavod Ha-Brios/t" or "Tzenius" it implies a certain sense of discretion and privacy which is missing from the Blog-o-Sphere.

The other article is by Shalom Carmy about Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and his Derech Ha-Limud. Which is fodder for the neo-Briskers and Gushes (lo aleinu). Entertaining article which should keep them satisfied until the 2000 Orthodox Forum book is published in four or five years time.

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