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Back in 2007, I frequently referred to Black Hat Morons and Modern Orthodox Morons. This was not a commentary on the actual sects, but on their worst, most distasteful, representatives.
Today's countdown post dates to that era, and contains what I think was a most excellent attempt to define both terms.
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Morons here, morons there...
Original Publication date: November 7, 2007
Yesterday, I introduced a new acronym, BHM (black-hat-moron) to the DovBear lexicon (joining GOPJew and KefiyaTalis as phrases invented here.)
But what exactly is a BHM? See below (and for the sake of comparison and fairness, I've also defined MOM (modern-orthodox-moron))
|Michaper Kol Avonot (forgives all sins)||His hat||His Zionism|
|At kiddush, will knock you over to get:||Kugel (burnt and greasy, please)||Sushi|
|Cause of all suffering in the universe:||Short hemlines / The New York Times||Muslim Arabs / The New York Times|
|Nightmare of nightmares||An unmarried 19-year old daughter||A meshulach at the door|
|Dream of dreams||A 5000 sq foot house, with a Lexus sedan in the drive and jealous neighbors next door||A 5000 sq foot house, with a Lexus SUV in the drive and jealous neighbors next door|
|Sin that's not really a sin||Tax fraud, bigotry, cheating at business.||Mixed swimming, fish at non-kosher resteraunts.|
|Favorite mitzvah||Sitting in a bes medrash, drinking coffee, and "learning"||Voting Republican|
|How he makes his decisions:||Decisions? Huh? Imy Rav.||Is is good for Israel?|
|How he learns chumash:||Rashi is always right! (Unless the Little Midrash Says disagrees, in which case teku.)||Scours texts to develop apocalyptic scenarios involving crystals and space aliens, all having zero basis in legitimate commentary|
|How he learns gemarah:||Chazal are always right! (Only modernishke herr doktor scholars look at Rishonim)||Gema-what?|
|Favorite holiday:||Lag B'omer||Yom Ha'atzmaut|
|Ditches his wife, family and all household responsibilities to:||Sit in a bes medrash, drink coffee, and "learn."||Play poker and/or attend sporting events|
|Has a child named after:||Fauna (ie: Dov, Tzvi, Ze'ev)||Flora (ie: Ilan, Tomar, Daphne)|
|Favorite blog:||Yeshiva World||DovBear|
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