A Guest Post by Rafi G
The Spinka Rebbe was sentenced yesterday to 2 years of jail time for crimes of fraud and tax evasion.
This raises a question: How frum people can do such things. Don't we strive to be better? Don't we presume to be better?
The truth is that frum people are just people too. We are human and we all have desires and inclinations. We each have our own tests, which we sometimes pass and sometimes fail (hopefully we pass more often than we fail). We all have frailties and influences.
This can easily explain satisfactorily when a religious guy gets thrown in jail for a crime. But a Rebbe? or a guy like Tropper who is at (or at least near) the top? Isnt he already supposed to have been beyond all that and be at the supreme level of honesty and straightness? Obviously they would have their tests too, but to fail the same tests that regular people fail? It doesn't make sense.
Unless it doesn't take much to be a Rebbe anymore, or to be a religious leader. If all it takes is to be a regular person with a longer beard, than they too can fail the same tests as us regular people.
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