Despite the fact that our community has been becoming more religious over the last 20 years or so, I’ve noticed an ill that beacons our attention. I’ve noticed that we, as a whole, have moved to the right, more people wear the levush of a frum person than ever before. More people keep completely kosher, by avoiding cholov stam and pas akum. More women cover their hair without letting a strand of ervah show, more mehcitzas are taller than the requisite 30 tefachim that has become assur in the last decade or so. Despite all of these ways in which our community has begun to replicate the pre-war klal that we lost in the shoah, less and less people are willing to wash for bread.
I know that some of you are probably reading this as satire, but let me reiterate that this is no laughing matter. The slope is quite slippery, just look at the modern orthodox community, they started with coed youth groups and now they’re members are demanding Torah readings at the Kosel. It is not merely that people aren’t washing for bread, it’s the fact that they refusing to eat bread, because they don’t “feel” like washing. How can one not “feel” like serving the Lord who provided them with this bread in the first place. God also provided you with the water to wash and those “feelings” of laziness towards avodah.
How many times I myself have refused to eat bread for I didn’t want to wash. How many times I have made the “pizza excuse” and said that the pizza I was eating was merely a snack. I have tried to make that excuse when “snacking” on challah. We are all guilty, but I feel it my duty as spokesperson to the disenfranchised cynical-yet frum community that it’s time to change our evil ways.
We should begin to rethink our laziness and begin to eat bread despite the lengthy process involved.
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