Monday, May 29, 2006

Unhelpful Cynicism

Just getting it off my chest:

When a restaurant mistakenly receives a delivery of non-kosher meat, notices it immediately and doesn't allow it in the restaurant, and then someone walks by, sees the package outside and reports it to his rabbi -- then, by all means, shout at the top of your lungs that the restaurant is serving treif meat, publicly embarrass the owner and drive him out of business. But when the physical and spiritual wellbeing of children is at serious risk -- "Hush hush, mush mush. We don't want to ruin his parnassah."

Of course, in both situations discretion must be properly utilized. But what really bothers me are the communal figures who don't usually watch their mouths but are suddenly being so careful. Don't they realize that when they are quick to denounce everything and then suddenly don't denounce this, they are sending a huge message with their silence?

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