Erev Tish B'Av
We need to take advantage of this time of introspection and of course with the upcoming Elul - to rethink how we interact with the outside world. Instead of promoting our own version of "frum" bias, we need to practice tolerance and respect. Groups like Shomrim and Hatzaloh need to be put back in the right perspective. Not unrelated is the outrageous attempt by a major Jewish organization to continue to suggest that sexual abuse of children should be reviewed by a Rabbi before calling in secular authorities. We have long since learned that these matters must be handled by professionals.
We have terrible tragedy from within and from outside our community. We need to recalibrate our sense of what is right and what is wrong. Too many of our leaders have gotten us into a place where we are acting in a biased and dishonest way. It is time for us to revisit true Torah values and get ourselves back on track.