Monday, March 28, 2005

The flexible logic of zealots

Kanoai Monsey (ie: American ultras)
"Rabbi Moshe Tendler has destroyed the livelihood of a mohel. That's wrong!"

Kanoai Meah Shearim (ie: Israeli ultras)
"Let's destroy Nosson Slifkin's livelihood!"

It's also BS. Rabbi Tendler didn't do anything. Furthermore, my Rockland County sources tell me that the mohel's livelihood has never been better. The point of this post, please understand, isn't to criticize Rabbi Tendler, but to point out how flexible the logic of zealots can be.