Friday, July 27, 2012

Who's daas torah is faulty?

Mishpacha Magazine: 
Reb Chaim Dovid [Zweibel, the Boss of Bosses at Agudath Israel]  believes that the process of decision-making through the Moetzes is as close to perfect as can be. “It’s a homogeneous* group of the most intelligent, empathetic individuals — all great talmidei chachamim — and they grasp all aspects of an issue right away.” 
Powerful words. If he's telling the truth, it stands to reason that the decision-making process that produced the guest list for the upcoming siyum hashas was "As close to perfect as can be" and that the "intelligent, emphatic individuals" who decided to invite Rabbi Meir Lau to speak grasped "all aspects of [the] issue right away."

So why is the Duke(**) of Vishnitz having a hissy fit? 

Possible answers:

A) Reb Chaim Dovid was exaggerating when he represented the decision-making process as near flawless. In reality, they effed up this time by not taking the sensibilities of the Duke into account. (and perhaps they've effed up in larger ways, too?)

B) The Duke of Viznitz has no Dass Torah and has gone off the reservation by defying the Dass Torah of the eminences who invited Rabbi Lau.

C) It's all part of a brilliant  Dass Torah  conspiracy in that nothing any Hasidic Rebbe does is wrong and nothing Agudah does is wrong, so we can be sure it will all work out, just as everything done by Agudah or a Hasidic rebbe always works out in the end.

* The fact that this group is "homogeneous" should be a red flag. How do you get a great decision in an echo chamber? Homogeneous groups, historically, do a lousy job at making decisions. Who presents the other side if everyone, defacto, is on the same side?

** I use the title "Duke" to indicate that I emphatically deny that Rabbi Mordeicha Hager has supernatural abilities. Rather, like an actual Duke, he is someone who won the birth lottery, and if afforded homage and respect on the basis of his lineage and assorted myths instead of on the basis of his actual accomplishments. Also, professionally-speaking, the man has more in common with a Tammany Hall ward boss than he does with, say, the Chofetz Chaim. If there was ever a case of a naked emperor this is it, and by pretending otherwise we're facilitating, rather than fixing, a bad situation. 

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