Who Hears Chareidi Jewry?
by Rabbi Yitzchok Roth
Chareidi Judaism finds itself under attack, and not only recently. Whenever a topic arises with a modicum of connection to what we consider holy and sacred, the media mobilizes to denigrate Yiddishkeit and its banner-upholders without any pretense of evenhandedness.
A `World War' was declared once against an insignificant radio station which served as a public platform for the Torah-true public and also Netanyahu, so that, perish the thought, Israeli citizens would have where to turn to avoid the daily brainwashing against everything dear and holy to Yiddishkeit.
Mass Shabbos desecration this past Shabbos are an outstanding example thereof. Those Shabbos violators who utilized their day of rest in order to join the fray would not choose to be forced to work on their day of rest. If we were to ask them, face to face, they would surely agree that a weekly day of rest is a blessed thing, and they don't relish that others work for them and have masses of Jews being coerced to forgo their weekly day of rest. This would not be admitted officially, to be sure, for this is a democratic country after all, but whoever seeks work in many areas would be obligated to work seven days a week, either on a steady or alternating basis. And if he refused to do so, he would have to seek other employment.
But who in the media bothers to present the opinion of hundreds of thousands citizens, even those who are not affirmed Sabbath observers, regarding the uprooting of the day of rest from the public at large. This is a social tragedy which would transform them into the slaves of the money moguls who would demand that they give up the exalted value which Judaism bequeathed to mankind in general.