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January 6, 2003

Only Words…

The blogosphere is all a-titter about the latest arch-conservative, self-described Orthodox Jewish, UCLA undergrad blogger, Ben Shapiro.

I have to say I found something a little puzzling. It wasn’t the writing which, as expected, was unremarkable (sort of Rush Limbaugh meets Doogie Howser, with a touch of Meir Kahane thrown in). No, what I was puzzled by was, given his prominently-proclaimed commitment to Orthodox Judaism,

  1. Where’s the yarmulke?
  2. Does he not evince even the slightest respect for the prohibition on lashon harah?
Posted by distler at January 6, 2003 2:53 PM

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Strangely enough, it appears that has been consumed by the same evil portal often found cybersquatting on many other domains. Maybe his page hosting service is on the fritz? Google cache shows the original page, though.

Posted by: Stan Seibert on January 6, 2003 8:58 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Alas, your facts are not correct as you present them. Virgin Ben does not describe himself as orthodox. He describes himself as ULTRA-orthodox. Note the site’s name “ultra-orthoblog.”

Posted by: Charles on January 7, 2003 11:54 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

What is ultra-Orthodox? Hasidic? Does it have a meaning? Does he have a beef with people who are just Orthodox? Why not super-Orthodox?

Posted by: John Isbell on January 7, 2003 12:31 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

I suspect Mr Shapiro would find solace in the exception to the ban on lashon harah:

“You are allowed to speak lashon harah to help someone, to prevent someone from being victimized, or to resolve major disputes but only when what you say is based on firsthand information, what you’re saying is true and accurate, the person who is in the wrong has been spoken to and refuses to change, there is no other way to meet the goal, and what you say will not cause undue harm.”

A fair number of right-wingers seem to ‘think’ that way.

Posted by: Thomas on January 7, 2003 1:07 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

He knows as much about Israel as he does about sex.

Posted by: Andrew Lazarus on January 7, 2003 2:44 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

I knew a lot about sex even when I was still a virgin. Of course, everything I knew was, er, second-hand knowledge.

Posted by: DavidNYC on January 7, 2003 5:04 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

I thought this way about Joe Lieberman until someone I respect told me that Modern Orthodox are not required to wear a yarmulke all the time. Shapiro probably is this type of Orthodox.

Posted by: Linda Ginsburg on January 7, 2003 5:51 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Not quite. To quote this source

Lieberman refers to himself as an “observant Jew,” and not Orthodox. It is an intentional distinction that his staff laments has been overlooked in all the coverage devoted to the first Jew to be nominated by one of the major two parties for vice president.

“He refers to himself as observant, as opposed to Orthodox, because he doesn’t follow the strict Orthodox code and doesn’t want to offend the Orthodox, and his wife feels the same way,” said a Lieberman press officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An Orthodox Jew (of either the “Modern” or “Ultra” (haredi) persuasion) would wear a yarmulke if at all possible.

Finally, to answer Mr. Isbell, the Ultra-Orthodox are those guys in black coats, with payes and beards. Some of them are Hassidim (followers of a mystical branch of Judaism); most are not. If Ben’s Ultra-Orthodox, I’m a virgin.

Posted by: Jacques Distler on January 7, 2003 10:15 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

To quote the immortal Bugs Bunny:
“(Ben Shapiro) What a Maroon”…
I have a hard time believing anyone who is not allowing their Elephant Ego to overload their Mosquito Ass would call Charlie Rangel, holder of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart a “semi-pacifist” without meaning it perjoratively.

The Virgin Ben should never say “I have no interest in military service, but would go if called.” That’s nonsense, What is he interested in then, if not keeping his country free? I have seen or read nothing he has written to make me believe that he would head down to the recruiter any sooner than Jenna or Barbara Bush would.

So Virgin Ben, make a liar out of me, head on down to the Marines and ask to be made an 0331, they need smart lads like you to work in that MOS. And might need more soon.

Hey, and when your 0331 buddies find out you’re a Virgin, well “Let the Games Begin!”

Posted by: Jo Fish on January 7, 2003 10:50 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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