Thursday, December 08, 2005

Some Advice for 'Also A Prat'

So also-a-prat reads Winston’s book and bursts a blood vessel. He stamps his foot and throws the toys out of the highchair. Next come the minced meatballs, mashed potatoes and mushy peas splattered all over the kitchen floor. Not very nice.

Oy! I have some advice for you young man. Get a grip. You’re yelling that loud, the whole world will soon know about your infantile temper-tantrums. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

Lets get things straight then. You as a Chosssid can spend the last six months doing nothing but telling us about the uncultured, unthinking and unstimulating community you live within. You put time and effort into posting all kinds of unflattering tales that reveal the stinking side of a Chassidic lifestyle. Week after week you take pride in portraying yourself as some chosen enlightened one. But when Winston dares writes a book, based on a sociological study she has undertaken as part of a doctorate, you have the chutzpah to accuse her of starting a ‘blood libel’. (You’re words not mine).

You then go on with a very silly critique of her book that tells us far more about your own lack of understanding, of the very community you yourself come from, than of any bias on Winston’s part. Oh yes suicide. I forgot that. You’re probably right there. But I can even explain that. Not now. I’m sorry; it’s not a subject I want to go into just yet, so you will have to wait.

You’re undisciplined outburst has shown us that you still have both feet firmly within an inward looking and narrow minded community. Yes you listen to the radio (in the car only, wow) but just like any member of these ‘close-knit ’ communities, you think criticsm is fine as long as it’s self-criticism, but lo-and-behold the outsider who dares express words of negativity. Those outsiders are perpetrators of a ‘blood libel’; they have an agenda, they are in there for the money.

I shall now tell you why you have attacked Winston with such venom. Listen carefully. It’s because she is a woman and Chassidim are sexist, because she is an academic and Chassidim are anti-knowledge and because she is a secular Jew and Chassidim hate the guts of (real) secular Jews.

Read that last paragraph a few times now. Breath deeply. Get over that initial urge to strike back. Then read it once a day for a couple of years. Think about it. Let it sink in slowly. Try and understand what it says. Bit by bit you might begin to appreciate that certain values are so ingrained within your system that it might take a generation (or two) to root out.


Blogger Mis-nagid said...

Bravo! *stands up and cheers*

5:34 PM  
Blogger pinke-budgies said...

Excellent Post!

The only disappointment about this post is that you actually lower yourself and read Trashy blogs like Also A Loser.

When i am out of toilet paper i usually print his posts and wipe my self so my budgies stay pink.


6:42 PM  
Blogger pinkypal said...

Awesome post. And I appreciate having the privilege here of posting a comment, any comment, screened-free.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Frummer????? said...

Spot on!

I agree with you 100%.

I don't know what has gotten into AAC. Sounds like a lovers tiff does it not? Though I somehow doubt that Hela loves AAC. ;-)

Isn't it telling that his ONLY response was the childish comment about the meatballs!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Shlomo said...

I'm more than a little miffed that she didn't interview me.

7:54 AM  
Blogger pinke-budgies said...

Dear Also A Prat,

I will comment here, since this is the only place i can.

What makes you think that this post was an open letter to YOU, It was not addressed to you,it was a post to show how stupid you are , do not flatter yourself by thinking this was an open letter to you.

Why are you such a big chicken and screening all your comments. Every body has an open forum except for you. It speaks volume about your character

4:02 PM  
Blogger InterestedJew said...

I think it's quite interesting that, while it is apparently OK in the eyes of some (NOT all, and certainly not those posting here) Hassidic people to say very negative things about secular people and the secular world, those same people get their knickers in a twist when a secular person ventures to point out some of the flaws in the Hassidic world. It is also curious how groups that pride themselves on their exclusivity and intolerance suddenly invoke the virtues of tolerance when they feel they are being unfairly attacked. Does anyone else find this more than a little hypocritical?

7:13 PM  
Blogger the shaigetz said...

I haven't read the book but I certainly enjoyed your review of the review.

11:45 AM  
Blogger happywithhislot said...

I get nervous when all your comments are self congratulatory.
Especially if the lead is mis-nagid.
By the way, mis-nagid, can you settle the debate between me and gh?
are you a woman?
he didnt think so, but is that sexist of him?

4:33 AM  

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