Thursday, May 22, 2008

"It was deeply humiliating to be forced to disclose the most private aspects of my life and justify it in front of complete strangers and onlookers."

All I can think is "welcome to a Shabbos table in Baltimore". I can't count the number of times I have been present for people invasively drilling a Ger/Giuress on the "private aspects" of their life in front of complete strangers...


At 5/23/2008 3:32 AM, Blogger YGB said...

I don't think that happens here in the OS circle, does it?

At 5/23/2008 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't really say, as OS had few gerim while I was there, and I sort of have "Ger-dar". The main barrier was that it was, for the most part, a yeshivah - and the conversations where it would come up are digressions. and it was not often that I was with a family and more than one other bocher; i.e., I couldn't witness it if it did happen. I remember the story you told of the rav in switzerland I think, who was given the job of informing a bocher that he was not Jewish, how the rabbi explained that a bet din could be formed and a conversion performed - but the bocher asked again and again regarding if the rabbi was sure he was not jewish, left his kippah there and left...I can't help thinking that A point - not THE point but *A* point is being missed; if the bocher was merely frei, he could have simply walked away at any point. It seems to me, so removed from it, that it's not unlikely that he believed, AND understood the weight of the life -and left. pierre


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