Monday, May 21, 2012
Splish Splash: What a Brazen Splash
I'm only looking in from the outside here, but I am so repulsed by the big splash of an event for an accused rapist. I'm even more repulsed that there can be any understanding of making a big event where the accused himself comes and rubs shoulders and is greeted as the guest of honor, head held high. I'm even more repulsed that anyone can believe that a largely attended, public rally is anything less than mafia style intimidation.
Such an event is anything but tzniut and it certainly doesn't represent anything authentically Jewish, unless Sedom is the new gold standard. If Dina were raped today, would Shimon and Levi hold fundraiser for Shechem? The brothers were condemned for their lack of emotional control, for endangering the place of physical safety and moral standing of Yaakov's family in the region. So to, there should only be condemnation here.
Last night at the other big splash, even people were giddy about the big show/Asifa at Citifield, the "achdus", the size of it all and there were some proclamations/predictions that more events in smaller communities would be forthcoming. Personally, I could do without all the "achdus" and posturing and I hope big splash events don't come my direction.
I simply do not see the value of joining up to make a big splash, especially when there is no way to know what will be shouted amid the emotion. I can't see the actual positive outcome, although I'm sure that many people left with warm feelings. On top of the fact that you can't actually have a "discussion" or implement solutions, there is so much independence to be lost and erroneous associations to be gained when joining together in "achdus".
I've had enough with gangster-like behavior and shows of force.