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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Rabbi Slifkin Reinstates Controversy Page

Rabbi Nosson Slifkin's "Controversy Page", which was taken down last month, has now been reinstated. Rabbi Slifkin writes:


Why I Made This Section Of The Website
"Hanna rose up... And Eli the priest sat upon a seat by the gate post of the temple of God. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to God, and wept bitterly. She vowed a vow, and said, O God of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant, and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give to your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before God, that Eli observed her mouth. And Hanna spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought that she was drunk. Eli said to her, How long will you be drunk? Put away your wine from you. And Hanna answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before God. Take not your maidservant for a worthless woman; for out of my great complaint and grief have I been speaking. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant you the petition that you have asked of him."

(Samuel I 1:9-17)

The Talmud learns from this story that when a person is wrongly accused, they have an obligation to defend themselves. I thus created these webpages to defend myself against the condemnations that were issued. This defense has been claimed by some to be an attack on the Rabbonim who condemned my work; I view this characterization as false and grossly unfair.

In February, I tried taking down this section of the website, in an effort to bring closure to this issue. Unfortunately, closure was not obtained. Furthermore, to my distress, I noticed that when people search for information about my work on Google, one of the first results given is the Yated Ne'eman article containing slanderous distortions of events. I have therefore decided to reinstate some of these pages, hopefully just for a short period. Those who would wish to speed up my taking it down again, are encouraged to write to Rabbi Mordechai Plaut, editor of Yated Ne'eman, and to ask him to remove the offending article from their website and from Google's archives.

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