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Frum A-hole of the week award

In stead of being decent about death, some assholes (I use such strong language because schschmuck just won’t do for what I’m about to mention) in the Satmar community decided to post fliers declaring that a frum guy struck and killed while walking across the street was killed by God because he used the Williamsburg eruv – which the Satmar community doesn’t hold by.

Now, don’t get me started on how many levels of wrong and assholery this reaches. Sure, we can take the classic route and say that it takes a sad situation and makes it even sadder, but in reality I’m kind of shocked that anyone would do this – so I’m led to believe that there’s some sort of conspiracy involved. As you all know, money makes the world and frum community go round and I’m sure there must be a deeper issue, regardless – I think it’s a pretty shitty thing to do and wonder if we could get them to rethink their ideas of life.


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  • Sergeant J December 12, 2011, 6:13 PM

    This is some shizz.. These guys need to go away..

  • Telz Angel December 12, 2011, 6:37 PM

    If the guy who wrote this poster gets hit by a bus, we’ll probably say that he deserved it for being an a-hole. It would be nice to see if I’m right.

    • Dena December 13, 2011, 7:02 PM

      I probably shouldn’t laugh but I’m going to anyway.

  • Anonymous December 12, 2011, 8:12 PM

    Satire aside. Even the biggest schmucks from samar were shocked by this poster, so far that they conspired that klsusenberg (those for the eruv) did it for smearing their image. It appears that you don’t have too much knowledge about satmar in williamsburg, they happen not to be the typical chasid you’re used too.

  • taylor December 12, 2011, 8:52 PM

    The Satmar Rebbe has no comment. Too busy learning and issuing takanos.

  • Joe December 12, 2011, 9:04 PM

    I don’t know why you assume that there’s a conspiracy. There are people in Satmar who genuinely believes that if someone who uses the eruv is struck down on Shabbos, it must that Hashem either killed him for violating Shabbos or is at least “sending us a message” that the eruv isn’t kosher. They believe this stuff. Sad but true.

    • Heshy Fried December 13, 2011, 8:02 AM

      Yes, but everyone has crazy beliefs – we don’t publicize them.

  • adam zur December 13, 2011, 1:28 AM

    I think that even in Geulah a sign like that would be considered off limits because the frum there know that they are not immune.

    But the idea of Divine retribution is well founded in Torah. Nowadays we don’t consider it to be much of a proof because it would go in the opposite direction. An example would be the five Jewish communities in Hungary before the Holocaust. the four frum ones were wiped out and the reform one was saved. Levels of divine retribution and even standards of human decency seem to militate against frumkeit nowadays.

    • Telz Angel December 13, 2011, 7:11 AM

      It is actually an isur medioraita. Ona’at divarim. See the Gemara in Bava Metziah 53a

      Telling someone that you suffered because of an avera, or that someone dies because of an avera is a biblical prohibition. It is the same avera that Iyov’s friends committed.

  • Rachel December 13, 2011, 1:45 AM

    Yes, there is the concept of reward and punishment in Judaism. No, we do not know how it works and should make no claims to have such a Divine level of insight.

    Yes, when bad things happen to us we should self-reflect and ask ourselves what we may not be doing to the best of our abilities and how we may be able to improve ourselves. NO, when bad things happen to others we DO NOT undertake these same reflections and calculations.

    Yes, we should constantly be working on ourselves. NO, we must NEVER stop judging others favourably and advocating and fighting for their justice in the face of injustice. When bad things happen to others, it is NEVER fair!

  • Tinok ShenishBeth December 13, 2011, 4:41 AM

    Assholery is one of my favorite words.

  • Yochanan December 13, 2011, 5:05 AM

    An asshole is a useful part of the body. We need a better word.

  • NO BRAINER!!!! December 13, 2011, 7:59 AM

    How did they know he was using the eruv? Maybe they made it up?

  • D December 18, 2011, 4:18 PM

    Rabbi Elazar of Modiim said: If a man profanes things which are sacred, and offends the holidays and puts his fellow to shame publicly, and makes void the covenant of Abraham our father, and teaches meanings in the Torah which are not according to Halachah, even though he has a knowledge of the Torah and good works, he has no share in the world to come

    Shaming the dead publicly… terrible, terrible.

  • T February 12, 2012, 12:19 AM

    asshole is so much better than schschmuck. I agree with the Tinok that “assholery” is my new favorite word.

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