≡ Menu

The pre-internet gedolim are helping us battle the yetzer harah

Sooner or later, all of the elder gedolim will be gone and we will be faced with a crisis, the crisis I speak of is the fact that most of the elder gedolim are from the times when gedolim still had secular educations and were interested in secular subjects. I was reading about Rav Yaakov recently and the book said that knowing science and mathematics helped him gain a better understanding of chazal, Torah and the world around him. I find it disheartening that Rabbis like this will soon all be gone, only to be replaced with the types who sign concert bans without looking at the kol koreh itself or not being interested in anything except for learning Torah 24/7.

But fear not my friends, the pre-churban, pre-war, pre-television, pre-crazy chumra making, pre-black hat madness, pre-tznius partol, pre-haredi riots, pre-tzedakah scam artist types may be embarking on their final journey to the bais din shel mallah – but we have not lost hope – for the previous generation of Pre-Internet Gedolim will be with us for many years to come.

The pre-internet gadol is a valuable commodity that is not to be taken for granted, soon there will be children who grew up solely in the internet age. These children will be the one’s who grew up without those hatzoloh stickers on the phone, they will be accustomed to instant gratification and we must fight the internet disease. The gedolim failed at the fight, the yetzer harah disguised as a smart phone, computer and tablet has sickened our entire community and we need these pre-internet addiction Rabbonom to help us find our path through the internet gashmyas.

These internet is public in our communities, many so called “hiemishe” companies have the internet and even web addresses where anyone can be assaulted with lewd popup images and advertisements. The pre-internet gadol has not been polluted by any of this. Many pre-internet gedolim have never been on a computer or used a smart phone.

Please daven for the zechus of our pre-internet gedolim in that they should live a long time to help us battle the sitra achra that is the internet.

Search for gedolim on 4torah.com

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Dave B October 5, 2011, 9:50 AM

    decent schtik

  • Seriously?? October 6, 2011, 6:39 AM

    This is a good, core point: the older frummies are entirely aware of the outside world.

    The young ones are clueless.

    Example: Old guys know classical music, classic rock, etc.
    Young guys think Shewkey et al write original tunes!

  • Lirehagi October 6, 2011, 7:19 PM

    In defense of my generation: ok, the “old guys” know classical music and rock and all of the stuff that was in back when they were young. Find me a nonjewish teenger who knows classical music, or classical rock. Those people are few and far between in their world too.

    That’s because the world has moved on!!!! Most kids (under 25s) know about what’s going on NOW- even the ones who aren’t allowed to listen to nonjewish music and watch movies . Everyone my age knows that frum singers steal their tunes, and when we bring in so called Jewish music for when adults are around, people mouth the real lyrics.

    Sure, we aren’t as “polished”, but anyone who needs to get polished for,
    say, some future job, will probably polish themselves. Those who want polishing take care of it.

    The Pre-Internet folks are the ones you should worry about. These are the people who think that frum Jews will magically give up their iPods, iPhones and Internet. These people embarrass our religion way more than my generation, because….to be blunt…..I don’t really see them serving any role other than That Guy You Call With Some Weird Halacha Question. We won’t see them as spiritual guides, we will ignore their bans….Not that this isn’t already done; we just won’t give them as much money and prestige.

    If you don’t know what’s happening in the world of the people, don’t be surprised when no one consults you about their world.

Leave a Comment

Next post:

Previous post: