Dear Matzav.com Editor,
When I sent a private email to your website last night inquiring as to why you didn’t report on the protest in Yerushalayim involving chareidim dressing in Holocaust attire, my desire wasn’t for you to provide coverage of it, but rather to read your response. I had heard about the protest from my son who is learning in Yerushalayim, and I was curious what your intentions were in not providing coverage or pictures of the event. And your response, I must say, was surprisingly encouraging. You wrote back to me as follows:
“Thank you for writing.
In general, we endeavor to report stories that reflect positively on our community. If a story has no redeeming value and will simply tarnish our image or give ammunition to those who despise us and wish to denigrate us, we see no purpose in reporting it.
Thank you again for inquiring. Please feel free to share your questions and suggestions at any time.
Concise and succinct. I wasn’t expecting that response, but it instilled me with some renewed faith that at least that are still some people out there who care about doing the right thing and actually think about the image of our Jewish community first, before reporting something that can be seen across the world. The charade with Holocaust clothing and Jewish yellow stars was uncalled for and worse, but I won’t say more. Obviously, you felt the same way.
I am constantly dismayed that so-called “frum” websites seem to gravitate toward reporting any and every embarrassing mistake and gaffe that is made by a frum, or chareidi, person. I never could figure out why. Why are some in the frum media providing “ammunition to those who despise us and wish to denigrate us,” as you so eloquently put in your email to me? Aren’t there enough left-wing, anti-religious, anti chareidi, anti-frum mediums and websites reporting every story they can find that will paint us in a negative light? Is it all just to get dozens of comments from people mocking chareidi people? Why don’t these websites and blogs, ostensibly run by frum people, care about what they are doing to our image?
Maybe they don’t care, but I do.
And thankfully, Matzav.com, you do too.
Kol hakavod. Keep making us proud. You may be a lone voice out there in cyberspace, but know that some of us appreciate it.
Keep up the good work.
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