“Mentally ill.” “Traitor.” “Liar.” These are the words I have come to get used to hearing about my writing when it critiques my own community. Such attacks no longer concern me. Here’s why.
There is an philosophy infecting our country today: that in order to get what we want, someone else must pay a cost. It is this that is at the root of so many of our problems. And it must be combatted before it destroys us.
I’ve always cared a lot about abuse cases, especially in my own community. But as a man who has never been abused, the #MeToo campaign forced me to examine why I cared in the first place.
I started off angry at both sides. But the more I spoke with them, the more complicated the story became.
I thought the reaction to the latest documentary about those leaving Hasidic communities, “One of Us,” would be different. I was wrong.
We couldn’t complain in quiet anymore. We had to do what the Torah calls us to do: act.
How our culture chooses to discuss sexual assault says a lot more about why it happens than specific incidents.
Maybe I should have been resisting all along.
The debate swirling in the Jewish world over the blame for Charlottesville is not normal. And it’s one that has affected the Jewish psyche far more than most of us realize.
A message to the good people of the world: you may be afraid to take a stand, but history has put you in a place where you no longer have an option.