Among some Orthodox Jews, one response to a member of the faith who egregiously violates their religion’s fundamental values and beliefs is to rend clothes and treat the transgressor as if he were dead — sitting shiva, or mourning, for him.But about halfway through the story about such a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y, the reporting takes a turn for the worse:
For the more secular there is a different response: convene a panel discussion.
The one good that may come out of this, Mr. [Michael] Steinhardt continued, is that it might prompt Jews to re-evaluate their charitable giving in these leaner times. Naming names, he called a handful of Jewish agencies "lousy, miserable, corrupt organizations”; he said contributors were "just plain stupid," for giving them money. "They spend $150 million for about 18 anti-Semitic incidents per year," he said.Even though the Times reporter (along with a full house at the 92nd Street Y) heard the names of a handful of "corrupt" charities, the paper didn't report any of them.
Bad form, to say the least.