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Dear Heshy: Why don’t you support Israel?

Apparently it wasn’t just the folks in the comments who took my very sarcastic comment about Israel seriously. Check out this email I received yesterday from a reader that really disturbs me, because if people took such an obvious joke seriously – I wonder how they take the not so obvious stuff?

Hey Hesh,

I’m a fairly recent reader (been reading since Pesach) and I’m wondering why you said in your post about the 10 things you hate about modern orthodox shuls that you didn’t support Israel. Not only did you say that you don’t support Israel, I was mildly offended by the part when you said “you spit in disgust” as you leave during the prayer for Israel. I’ve not met too many folks as modern and as open minded as yourself who are not supportive of Israel in one way or another. I have definitely come across some people who don’t know how to approach the topic of Israel as liberals, they don’t have the ability to deal with the occupation and so they choose to avoid it all together.

I have approached many of your posts with the possibility of satire in mind, but it seemed like you were serious. You also mentioned in a comment that you support the Niturei Karta, while I wouldn’t necessarily stop reading your blog if this was indeed a factual statement, I consider the Niturei Karta on a level equal to Hamas. The Niturei Karta are openly against the Jewish people and someone with a mind like yours probably just needs a little education so you can come to your senses.

I hope that you can open your mind and come to see Israel as the Jewish homeland and a necessity for all Jews.

A Fan

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  • Alter Cocker January 23, 2013, 9:25 PM

    I actually thought to myself when I saw your Neturei Karta comment that someone would take it seriously.

  • Critic January 24, 2013, 12:18 AM

    “I consider the Niturei Karta on a level equal to Hamas”
    According to the comment,on a previous post, of one “astute” and “perceptive” individual that honor is reserved for Chabad .”They (Chabad) try to convince you that their position is different from that of Fatah and Chamas in this regard”

    • Anonymous January 24, 2013, 10:09 PM

      i am not chabad but all the chabadniks that i met seem to bo very right wing when it comes to israel and if i’m not mistaken i think the chabad rebbe was very against giving back even the smallest piece of land

  • Eugene January 24, 2013, 5:17 AM

    Anytime I read anything, I automatically assume Heshy is not being serious. Or he is being drastically over dramatic. Interesting that people read this and think he is being serious.

  • Michael K. January 24, 2013, 7:51 AM

    Heshy, I think you should consider changing the name of the blog from “Frum Satire” to “Frum Sarcasm”. You may need to provide a definition of sarcasm for those who don’t have one handy. Or, you could change the name to “Frum Seems Serious, But Really Isn’t”, but that’s too long and people might not read the whole thing.

    • Whaaa January 24, 2013, 9:25 PM

      Sarcasm and satire are not the same thing. Heshy, don’t ever dumb your site down for the masses, man!

  • Arik January 26, 2013, 12:21 PM

    Ever hear of the sin of the spies, you American Jewish freak.

    Arik, Haifa

    • Gavriela Rivka January 29, 2013, 5:45 PM

      Wow… here we go with the hating on diaspora Jews… So much for the sin of baseless hatred, bubale!! *eyeroll*

  • Anonymous January 29, 2013, 8:00 PM

    Hesh, I love that you take satire and make more satire out of it. Your letters to the editor are sorely missed and I wish you wrote more of them.

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