Monday, February 22, 2010

Since everyone is curious

I've decided to post the email I got that forced me to close my blog. I'm taking out the personal information. And remember I was stressed from this whole mess, and I was studying for a big smicha test, so if the ending of my email back sounds sappy... (I put their email first, and then my response after)

 On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:12 AM, tzniuscommittee <tzniuscommittee@gmail.com> wrote:
You continue to publish on your weblog A Bochur In Lubavitch, in direct violation to our agreement. Also, our personal email account has been inundated with tumah and pritzus filled messages. We have told you before that if you continue to undermine this holy committee and the words of the holy Torah, then we will be forced to share with the public, starting with your parents, who reside at _________, about the occurences last winter involving your __________________... You have dug your own pit, by continuing to join in the nontznius activities on the internet. The only way to stop this is if you close your blog down NOW!!
Wishing you a joyous Adar, and may we merit through our continued efforts of our holy task to clean up this Shchuneh and protect the members of Anash (may they live and be well) and with the backing of the prominent Rabbanim and Mashpiim of Crown Heights, the coming of Moshiach!
 
-The Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Purity/Vaad Shmiras Hadas Vhatarah

From: Yossi
Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:23 AM
Subject: Re: The Next Phase Has Begun
To: tzniuscommittee


What??! no,no,no. do NOT reveal that to anyone, especially my parents. You hear?? I'm dead serious. I don't know if you're joking or not, but this is my life you're playing with! Youre threatening it because I sometimes put jokes that aren't chassidish enough for you? Don't read it! Because there are girls that comment on my blog? There are other ways to help teach people about tznius! I didn't mean to offend anyone with my blogging or internet activity. Like I told you before, you should have at least come to me and spoken face to face, man to man. You're cowards hiding behind a pathetic attempt at righteousness! This is not according to halacha AT ALL, so do not try to convince yourself otherwise. The only reason I wouldn't take you to real Rabbanim, is as you well know, that I can't allow you to speak to my parents about the ________. I'm closing my blog, so leave me alone from now on. Just remember: in revealing your blackmail, you've also narrowed down for me who you are, or who you spoke with to gather this info. By the time you even think about going behind my back, breaking our deal and telling people, I'll have found out who you guys are.
So please, please, please, I'll keep my end of the deal if you keep yours.
The Rebbe would not be proud of you awful people.

-Not A Committee.
Just a bochur. A bochur who is trying to grow in his chassidishkeit. A bochur who has feelings and emotions. A bochur who does not always make the best decisions, but who has principals, standards, good character, and is a decent person. I'm a bochur in Lubavitch, and you'll wish you hadn't picked this fight.




26 comments:

Arguing with Myself said...

This has gone too far.

Blackmail is a crime.

In all seriousness I would at this point report it to the police, if I were you.
If you are too nervous to do so, I would be more than willing to do so for you, if you wish.

This comment is not meant to be simply a comment on a blog filled with Internet zeal, but serious advice.

Rambler said...

I agree.

Also, it is evident that the perpetrator is not "made up of respectable yungerlite, members of anash (may they live and be well), and backed by noted mashpiim and Rabbanim" but quite the contrary. Although at first glance it might appear to be the words of overzealous Lubavitchers, if you look you will notice a subtle parody and mocking of Lubavitch norms. This must be coming from the enemies of Lubavitch trying to silence those who would speak out on our behalf!

Dovid said...

disgusting.

Altie said...

yossi, that is so sad. i cant believe you caved. and also, i cant imagine what they could have on you that is so bad you think it could ruin your life if it was revealed. each to his own. good luck.

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e said...

such a lowlife.

e said...

There should be a third option on the poll: "this isn't city hall. this is some bored bochur."

Cheerio said...

yossi, i'm so sorry that you have been targeted to recieve such specific threats. altie, don't be so quick to judge. there are things in everyone's life that they don't want revealed to the public.
but this is something that needs to be responded to, somehow, in some way. in a way that we will be able to protect the privacy of one of our own (and isnt it sad that for the first time, for real, there is an us and them?).
we need to call the rabbonim, call these people, publicize that they are willing to do these kinds of things.
yossi is not going to be the only one targeted. he is just the first.
we need to do something.

Arguing with Myself said...

In related news: Rabbis endorse personal mehitzas for airplanes so you won't have to watch movies or untznius passengers.
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=169101
joke or real?

Sebastion said...

This had better be the last message these people ever send like this. I have never such disgusting actions from "religous jews" if it happens again to anyone, we will find a way to put them in cherem. Yossi, you really do not deserve this. We need to publicze who these people are before they go after others. Its obivious though that they went after someone completly oppisite to themselves, a chossid of the Rebbe.

Altie said...

http://basementblogging.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-have-you-to-say.html

any ideas?

sarabonne said...

This is ludicrous. But then, we all know that already.

Crawling Axe said...

Dude, if this is real, go to police. End of story.

Rach said...

Wowoww, I think your response was OK if not a tad too desparate not ot have your deeds revealed. You shouldnt let them feel they have control over you. Keep up the fight for your rights. Good Luck!

Rach said...

Wowoww, I think your response was OK if not a tad too desparate not ot have your deeds revealed. You shouldnt let them feel they have control over you. Keep up the fight for your rights. Good Luck!

Rach said...

Wowoww, I think your response was OK if not a tad too desparate not ot have your deeds revealed. You shouldnt let them feel they have control over you. Keep up the fight for your rights. Good Luck!

Dovid said...

Rach- too desperate to be true, no?
http://therealbochur.blogspot.com/2010/02/we-found-their-open-blog.html

Yossi said...

yeah, there's no real blackmail, sorry to disappoint

rach said...

So Ive heard :)
The mashke hit you early :)

The Real Shliach said...

It's never too early for Mashke to hit!

e said...

Um, if you haven't drunk it yet, it may be too early.

Crawling Axe said...

There is an interesting question of how much of the immediate effect of drinking coffee is from caffeine itself vs. from the placebo effect.

On the other hand, there are blood vessels in the mouth (e.g., under the tongue) through which sugar and drugs (caffeine, alcohol) get absorbed. Which is why it is not necessarily a good idea to suck out snake poison from a wound. It will get immediately absorbed through the said vessels.

Crawling Axe said...

(See, if I were in my usual non-sequitur mood, I would just skip the first paragraph.)