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5/20/2012

היכי דמי חילול השם? - ?"What Constitutes "Chilul HaShem

Written by Rabbi Yair Hoffman
Thursday, 17 May 2012 02:01
Much has been said, both pro and con, about the upcoming asifah sponsored by the Ichud HaKehillos LeTohar HaMachaneh that will be taking place in Citi Field on May 20. This article is an attempt to help us focus and shed light upon a related fundamental responsibility, which we all share equally and which we as a community have not yet adequately addressed.
The ubiquitous rise of the Internet in the past decade has been quite staggering. It has created a very new and different world in terms of the instant communication of ideas and news. And the numbers are astounding.
The data on the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) site shows that the estimated number of Internet users had reached 2.08 billion by the end of 2010, compared to 1.86 billion a year earlier. By the end of 2012 it could very well reach 2.3 billion.
This boils down to the fact that one in every three people in the world actively surfs the Internet. And those one out of three are not hermits hiding in a remote shell. They surely discuss things with others too.
Why should we care about all this? Because now, more than ever before, we must be on the lookout to avoid chillul sheim Shamayim—a desecration of Hashem’s Holy Name. With the remarkable speed of the Internet, any desecration of G‑d’s name on our part that is reported almost anywhere is known instantly across the world.
It is, let us remember, a verse in Sefer Vayikra (22:32), “v’Lo sechalelu es Sheim Kodshi . . . And you shall not profane My Holy Name; but I shall be sanctified among the Children of Israel: I am the L‑rd who sanctifies you.”
Both the magnitude and the ramifications of this notion are truly staggering. And in this pasuk lies the achrayus, the responsibility, that we all share. It is the violation of this pasuk which perhaps represents the greatest challenge that has been opened up by the breadth and scope of the Internet. The colossus known as the World Wide Web has brought us face-to-face with our greatest challenge—ourselves and our internal commitment to choosing life.
The upcoming asifah in Citi Field has the potential to be a major opportunity in addressing the underlying causes of chillul Hashem and how to prevent them.
In our day and age, news is reported not only in newspapers but online as well. While today’s newspaper may get tossed in the trash, what is posted on the Internet remains available indefinitely for all to see. The most horrific and egregious violations of decency are chronicled on a daily basis, and whether it is an issue of molestation, theft, fraud, Ponzi scheming, money-laundering, or whatever other ill, not a day goes by without a chillul Hashem being reported. The violations are of a proportion and scale that were unimaginable a mere 25 years ago. This is not to say that all of the allegations are completely true or even partially true. But we must make it our business to stay away from even the appearance of impropriety, and we are not doing that.
Seriousness  Of Chillul Hashem
Rabbeinu Yonah (Shaarei Teshuvah 3:158) writes that chillul Hashem is the greatest of all sins. He writes, citing the Gemara in Yuma (86a) that neither teshuvah alone nor the hardships and travails of life atone for it. Atonement can only be achieved at one’s death and only when accompanied by the proper teshuvah.
We stand now in the middle of Sefirah, in a state of mourning for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who died tragically in a plague. The Gemara in Yevamos (62b) states clearly that their aveirah was that they did not accord each other the proper respect. The question is most glaring. Granted, they violated the mitzvah of ona’as d’varim and maybe even negated the mitzvah of v’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha. But the death penalty? Why was their aveirah so severely punished?
The answer is that this lack of respect for one another constituted a grave chillul Hashem. The deaths of 24,000 students were on account of chillul Hashem. When we consider the much greater magnitude of chillul Hashem in our generation, with the fact that there are two-billion-plus potential readers, the ramifications are mind-boggling!
A Possible Solution
So how can we best address this problem?
True, we need filters on our routers, computers, and other products and gizmos. But we need filters on our own selves, as well. We need to filter out examples of improper behavior and things that are antithetical to Torah-true ideals and middos.
We can begin by asking ourselves certain questions. Are we really teaching our children and our students our Torah values? Are we telling them that every person is a tzelem Elokim and to attempt to be as honest as possible in all our business dealings? Are we providing our children and our students with examples of midvar sheker tirchak in our day-to-day actions and activities?
The problem here is not that a chillul Hashem is caused when the crimes of Jewish people are broadcast across the Internet for all the world to see. The problem is that there are Jews who are committing crimes in the first place. By pointing the finger of blame for this chillul Hashem at the Internet, we are no different from the small child who covers his eyes, thinking that if he can’t see anyone, then no one can see them.
If organizers of the asifah are correct, and tens of thousands of people show up at Citi Field, then this event might just be the perfect opportunity to educate those assembled about the reality of life in 2012: any time a Jew does anything wrong, the chances are excellent that it will be reported on the Internet.
It is perhaps time for things to be told like it is. The Internet is a fact of life whose use grows more widespread on a daily basis, and every one of us has the responsibility to make sure that our actions are appropriate and just. The reality is that if we do something wrong, it will very likely be reported on the Internet, to a worldwide audience of over two billion people.
If we don’t want to see Jews with yarmulkes being splashed across the Internet news sites, then we need to make sure that Jews with yarmulkes stop doing things that are wrong.
The words of Pirkei Avos are literally unfolding before our eyes. Not just in the celestial realms, but even in this world, there are watchful eyes and listening ears who write down our actions in a book for all to see. We need to take this reality very seriously, as each of us has the responsibility to make sure that the media has only positive things to report about the Jewish people.
Two further suggestions might also be instructive here.
The first one lies in a common expression: “The best defense is a good offense.” The best way to focus on preventing chillul Hashem is to actively try to create kiddush Hashem, whenever and wherever we are.
When Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, zt’l, passed away, his family members discovered in his papers a kaballah (resolution) that he accepted upon himself. The kaballah was to perform no less than two acts of chesed per day. Perhaps we can attempt to try to perform two mini-acts of kiddush Hashem each day as well. We should start off small, and without a neder, but a gradual entry into this mindset might go a very long way in avoiding chillul Hashem. And no act is too tiny for kiddush Hashem. Helping someone in a supermarket line put their groceries on the counter, being a courteous driver, smiling, and saying hello are all prime examples of mini-acts of kiddush Hashem that we can do daily. And there are bigger ones that we can perform too.
The second suggestion lies in the power of learning mussar and inspirational texts. Some of us may recall that long ago there was such a thing as a “Mussar Movement,” when Reb Yisroel Salanter promulgated the idea of learning mussar not just as a text, but with feeling and inspiration.
He wrote that it should be studied with “s’fasayim dolkos—with lips aflame.” Don’t we remember our roshei yeshiva waxing emotionally about the grandeur of Kelm, of the mussar regimen in Novardhok and in Slabodka? Each of these yeshivos had a unique brand of mussar.
We need to give bring back the genuine mussar shmuessim of the yeshivos of yore. The fiery words of a Rav Yechezkel Levenstein, zt’l, must once again permeate our neshamos. We need to bring back the half hour daily mussar seder, where Mesillas Yesharim, Orchos Tzaddikim, and Chovos HaLevavos resounded in our batei midrashim for half an hour straight. In short, we need to reignite our dedication to improvement and the refinement of our neshamos.
Rav Henoch Leibowitz, zt’l, once explained in a Rosh Hashanah mussar shmuess that a commitment to daily mussar study may not resolve all our character flaws right away, and even over time it will take enormous effort—if it works at all—but what it does do is quantify our commitment to change and to improve. Doing so down here will earn us assistance in Shamayim to reach these worthy and lofty goals.
Countless times throughout our day we have the opportunity to create either a kiddush Hashem or a chillul Hashem with our actions. Just as we apply much-needed filters to our Internet to keep the content appropriate, we must apply filters to our own actions so that they are appropriate as well.
The author can be reached at yairhoffman2@gmail.com.