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Does Marc Schneier Speak for Us?

Rabbi’s infidelity said to reflect on community

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Rabbi Schneier, in flagrante delicto.(Wikipedia)

Rabbi Marc Schneier, of the Hampton Synagogue and The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, had been having fairly well-publicized difficulties with his (fourth) marriage when a photo surfaced of him making out with a congregant (further rumor is he got her pregnant). Poorly done, dude.

Yet Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld makes the case that it is wrong to see this sordid incident as an embarrassment to “the Orthodox community,” as some have done:

Why should an entire community be embarrassed by the bad acts of one member, even a high-profile one who happens to be a rabbi? Would Ms. Bender suggest that when an Imam does something wrong, the entire Muslim community should be embarrassed? I hope not.

(Let’s pause and note the obvious analogy, namely, that the majority of the country currently believes that an unrelated group of Muslims should be in some way linked to a small group of deranged evil fanatics who happen to be their co-religionists.)

Hirschfeld should give us something to think about next time we blame someone for being a shanda fur die goyim: He or she is only one if we let him or her be one. Unless Hirschfeld is wrong, in which case let me just say that I am embarrassed about Rabbi Schneier’s actions, both as a Jew and as a Marc with a c.

When Rabbis Cheat, Who Is To Blame? [Beliefnet]

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The analogy to Islam is way off. Judaism does not condone infidelity and in any case the only people harmed here are the ones directly involved. Islam is a violent expansionist religion that has caused suffering to millions around the world. In addition any protest by non-violent Moslems against how Islam is used is very weak. Also, how do you know that it is “a small group of deranged evil fanatics”. Surveys that I’ve seen in the Islamic world show that quite a few of their co-coreligionists support their actions.

Dick Weltz says:

It would be a lot more helpful if you did not keep trying to perpetuate the myth that only a small fanatic fraction of the Muslim ummah are the ones following the demands of the Koran regarding subrogation of infidels and application of sharia world wide.

As for the disgraceful behavior of the rabbi, his congregants should have ridden him out of town on rail long ago.

Mark G. says:

This guy is such a “Richard”. He is so full of himself. He thinks he’s the appointed negotiator for the Jews with those who hate us – kissing up to Farrakhan.

I had the misfortune of having lunch with him and his wife at the time in 1999 – was that wife #1, 2, or 3? She was full of herself too. Selling her art to his congregants and thinking she’s all that – getting all fussy if you didn’t agree with her calling Giuliani a fascist for opposing that Brooklyn museum. Hopefully wife #4 isn’t as bad as the wife in 1999.

Gee-anne says:

A “richard,” indeed. He has singlehandedly made a MESS of relationships in the Hamptons.
Besides, he’s, like, creepy looking. What does the new g-friend think she’s getting besides free publicity? Oh. Maybe that’s it.
His father must be MORTIFIED.
Regarding the damnation of the entire Muslim religion: get a grip, guys.
The vast majority are good people: in fact, better than most Christians I know!
No drinking, no smoking, no fornicating outside of marriage.

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