Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Rabbis & Journalist

I originally posted a variation of this in my comments section, but I think that it's worthy of its own hock, especially in light of R. Feivel Cohen shlita in the NYT & Rav Belsky shlita in the Forward.

With the exception of a few Modern Orthodox publicity-hounds, most Rabbanim, Poskim, & Roshei Yeshiva tend to be very media wary. Especially in the past few years, as many Talmidei Chachamim have been burnt by the press, if a reporter calls up, unless you have a personal relationship with them, they are inclined to ignore the reporter. Therefore the Media (both Jewish & non-Jewish) are the worst source of information about the Orthodox Jewish community (or at least their elite). In the NYT Times article on Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the YU representative was Rabbi David Israel of the MSDCS, but not any Roshei Yeshiva. Presumably because all Roshei Yeshiva know better than to talk to a NYT's reporter.

This would strongly suggest that Hockers (like the residents of the House) are better equipped to know the inner workings of the Orthodox & Ultra-Orthodox communities than reporters & journalists. And if one wishes to know the real story, one has to either speak to them, or read their blogs.

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