StrongÂ responses continue to be receivedÂ about theÂ Maccabeans persistence in publishing the Did you Know column when it contains innaccurate and offensive statements.
Last week, in an attempt to discredit the process of Sefirat Haomer, the article makesÂ the claim thatÂ the Rabbis of the TalmudÂ disregarded and corrupted the Torah text.Â Commenting on the interpretation of the item the comment is made “all the above shows that the simple Torah requirement that Jews should thank G-d for a good harvest has been perverted by the Rabbis into a complex religious ritual”.Â The article has a subheading “when in Rome, do as the Romans do!” and then advocates with dispensing with Sefirat Haomer.
I was recently admonished for persistently picking on this column thoughÂ the blog.Â Some people feel its not important; “after all noone reads this rubbish and why draw attention to it.”Â Others feel that it is just a writing style and its not intended to be offensive.Â Yet another person says, move on, nothing will change.
In response to this, I would like to place on record that I think these matters are very serious, and that the credibility ofÂ the Perth Jewish community is put on the line if such vitriol and distortion against the Jewish faith is allowed to be carried through the communitiesÂ main line of communication.Â It is intolerable that such insults are published.Â If they were carried in an outside media people would cry anti-semitism, butÂ if its the Maccabean then we only have toÂ understand that it is another perspective, and we areÂ welcoming ofÂ diversity.
Each and every time I see my religion abused and insulted, I will standÂ up to that.Â Â I don’tÂ wish to attack the people, but I do wish to attack the ideas.Â As you can see from the quotes above, the toneÂ and inference of such reformist ideas are a destructive force to Judaism.Â Â The interpretations thatÂ accompany the position are way out of context.Â I checked the talmudic source, and I canÂ vouch for theÂ misinterpretation of theÂ sources quoted.Â I’m willing to bet that if I placed aÂ Gemara in front of the author and asked him to read the meforshim he is quoting he wouldn’t be able to read it.Â Yet itsÂ quite OK to requote and reframe according to a position thatÂ dismissesÂ and mocks the very inyun of the text.
Come on Maccabean!Â Enough is enough.Â Start controlling your content and stop being anÂ irresponsible and anti-JewishÂ medium for the expression of ideas that destroy the very being of our people.Â