Dear GL, I hope you allow this to be posted on your website.
I know a number of Lakewood residents who watch a ‘youtube show’. I would guestimate the numbers to be in the hundreds – likely over one thousand.
The show launched a few years ago. It was the first real Kosher Jewish themed TV-style show and was available to watch on youtube.
There were different episodes but the themes were all shidduch related – and Jewish themed discussing Orthodox Jewish life – throughout.
Granted it was not ‘Yeshivish life’, but it was orthodox.
I personally watched it as a ‘kosher outlet’ and many people I know had the same reasons.
Until this happened.
The most recent episode took a twist going from Orthodox Jewish life to condoning people who go against the Torah.
They had the chutzpah to discuss, promote and focus on the Orthodox Jewish LGBT community – which is an oxymoron, but then Modern Orthodoxy is as well so the actors and actresses likely just don’t get it.
The shows were great and Kosher – but then they attack. Try to stuff liberal anti-Torah values into a show.
Literally like the Misyavnim at the times of Chanukah.
It’s clearly all about the ratings – nothing about religiosity.
It does appear (based on articles & interviews) that the actors are not truly Orthodox – in the slightest. They are just acting as such. Perhaps after this episode, I will refer to the show as “Jewish Missionaries.” With the intention of bringing “Open orthodoxy” to Mainstream Orthodoxy.
It seems to me that this is the issue with modern orthodoxy, they have no hard limits, the words “modern” and “orthodox” are oxymoronic. Then they move to “open Orthodox” which essentially is a “suped-up conservative version” and from there they become a potent mess.
I won’t let that happen. I unsubscribed to their Yout tube channel, and so should you.
Below are some comments on their anti-Torah “kosher” episode
“So disappointed!! I thought this was a religious show, and was soo disappointed with the content.”
“That’s it for me and family. Thought it would be appropriate for me and my kids. But rubbing all this stuff in our face made me shut it off. Definitely not orthodox”
“I feel that we’ve been cheated. Here I am thinking this is a nice Kosher show to watch and them bam..they HAD to add LGBTQ in there. I wish you’ve went a different route especially because you’re gearing towards the orthodox crowd. I’ve been waiting for the episode to come out and I’ve loved all the other episodes.they were clean kosher with a modern twist but not too modern and funny. But once I saw the yoga instructor…..I realized what’s going on . Just like the whole world is putting it down our throats so is this show..were Jewish orthodox people..yes there are some gays in the community but now you’re normalizing it that it’s common and ok ! I wish you found a different storyline and I’m hoping u didn’t t do it for better publicity…”
“Very disappointed with the route you took with this episode. We see enough of this liberal propaganda elsewhere. Unsubscribing.”
“I can’t tell what they’re pitching harder, liberal propaganda or sponsorship ads. This show jumped the shark.”
One of the shows previous sponsors as well slammed the storyline saying:
“I was watching it with my kids … thought it was family friendly. Had to turn it off. I don’t think it’s (an) appropriate topic for this type of work. I’m very disappointed.”
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