I am sure your office has been flooded with both positive and negative views regarding Rabbi Avromom Birnbaum’s article addressing Rabbi Gil Student and Rabbi Harry Maryles’ treatment of the sad and troublesome issue of Rabbi Michael Broyde.
Over the years, in the pages of the Yated, Rabbi Birmbaum has given his readers a less than positive view of how he sees “Modern Orthodoxy.” What he wrote regarding Rabbi Student and Rabbi Maryles, not Mr., is very much in the realm of character assassination. This is the same type of character assassination that I, and thousands, have heard about at Agudath Israel conventions regarding anonymous bloggers and irresponsible journalism.
The fact that Rabbi Brodye’s own words about this situation were post on Hirhurim clearly shows that, despite having previously posted Rabbi Brodye’s writings, Rabbi Student did what needed to be done.
Rabbi Maryles’ treatment of this issue also is very much in line with his blog’s history from the beginning. He often does have posts dealing with the rampant Chillul Hashem within our own Torah observant community, regardless if it involved the “Chareidi” world or “everyone else.”
Rav Yisrael Salanter is quoted as saying, “Promote yourself, but do not demote another.” It seems to me that what Rabbi Birnbaum wrote was an example of demoting.
I am keeping my copy of this article. I know there will come a day when one of my children will ask me, “Abba, why hasn’t Moshiach come?” I will dig out this article and simply cry.