Reader Submitted: The Media Should Stop Spreading Machlokes

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Dear editor,

I would like to bring to the attention of the tzibur an issue which bothers me greatly.

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Recently, there have been a number of issues that were discussed at various frum websites and social media platforms. Well meaning people      empathetically and passionately said their opinions on current events happening in the frum community. Unfortunately, what was being overlooked was a colossal spreading of machlokes and mocking of rabonim. In my opinion, at this point, it doesn’t matter anymore whether it was correct to cancel a kumzitz, fly a flag from a store or not allow bochrim to attend a levaya, if posting about these issues on social media is spreading macklokes, it’s wrong! 

The Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinas chinom. If any post will increase sinas chinom, it’s wrong to post it! If one is unsure or can’t control themselves, then it’s better to just do away with social media all together.

May we be zoche to increase our ahvas yisroel and respect talmidi chachomim and be zoche to greet Moshiach soon!

Thank you,

Name withheld 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Important to note if not for Social Media
    A frum yids job reputation and Job would have been ruined in the flag – KAshrus controversy

    • Actually, without social media his reputation would have be fine. Nobody would have heard of this “news story”.

  2. “The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of GreaterLakewood”
    BUT THEY SHOULD! We are counting on you. To paraphrase GL “If one goes to a website for DAAS TORAH, what are our Gedolim for”

  3. well said . and kudos to geater lakewood for posting and in general for honest reporting without an agenda driven by headline seeking keep strong

  4. If one “just reports” information which can be interpreted as bad, it’s still loshon hara. If people are going to post negative comments about fellow Jews, that’s spreading machlokos. As a news network who is catering to the frum Jew, you are going to need to have a rabbinical board that reviews your posts. Just like we understand that food establishments need supervision, so too here. We need to equally protect what we ingest with our mouths and what we hear with our ears. It’s not a matter of opinion—it’s halacha!

  5. @GL
    Firstly, Say no to loshon hara’s statement is most certainly true. If one’s words can even be interpreted as remotely negative, it’s forbidden. To defend yourself with false facts is shameful and unacceptable.
    Secondly, to simply state that you ask an unnamed daas Torah is not the same as a rabbinical board. A figure without a name to which you can’t be held responsible to is worthless.
    Also, I’m gonna ask a personal question: We’re these specific posts that are in question showed and approved by any competent Rav before they were published? Doubtful.

  6. Couldn’t agree more!

    As a very pro-vaccinate individual , I used to comment about the vaccine controversy on some of the posts, but I stopped because I realized I am just getting swept up in the machlokes, and I am not changing anyone’s mind, so there is no toeles involved at all.

    As we see in the Torah, Ohn ben Peles was saved from complete destruction by his wife’s arguments that he nothing to gain from the machlokes anyway.

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