Part of the privilege of being a contributor or editor for Matzav.com is working with people like Noam Amdurski, a talented writer and a super human being.
We share an email he sent earlier this week to his fellow writers, editors and contributors at Matzav:
“Gemar chasima tova wishes to all.
“I know this is a busy time of year and not necessarily the best time to put forth an idea or suggestion regarding Matzav. But this is an important thought I have had, so I appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to read this.
“I am proud to have been associated with Matzav. I think the site does a wonderful job providing news and more, which is why it is so popular with so many people.
“However, even with the strict standards, I find that some of the comments left by readers are a bit too abrasive. We Yidden are kind, considerate people. We are strong in our beliefs, which is the way it should be, but we are – and should be – soft spoken and sensitive.
“On occasion, comments on the site are rougher on the edges than I, personally, like.
“I therefore merely suggest putting out a call out to the readers for a ‘kindler, gentler Matzav.com’ And all editors and moderators who approve comments should likewise be asked to raise the level at least a notch, so that we can continue improving the quality of the dialogue while putting strong focus on proper middos and decency even when commenting anonymously on a site.
“Thank you for considering my thoughts.
“My best to all of you and your families.
Noam has said it all.
And he is right.
Thus, on this Erev Yom Kippur, we ask you for your help in bringing a more kindlier face to the comments here, so that we can all point to a site and say, “Good for them. Let’s join in raising the purity and decency of our speech.”
We wish you all a meaningful fast and uplifting Yom Kippur, and we wish every members of the Jewish nation a new year of forgiveness, as well as bountiful blessing.