Thursday, 4 November 2010

Pamela Anderson to Speak to Charedim

Originally published 11/4/10, 11:08 am.
Something about this just seems to cry out the disconnect that exists in our world and specifically in our Jewish world. See this article.

Pamela Anderson, who is a strong supporter of animal rights, wishes to speak to members of the religious parties in Israel that are blocking legislation that she favours. Does that make sense? I can understand if someone who favours a certain policy wishes to speak to those who are opposing it to try and influence their decision. But Pamela Anderson? I am not denying the sincerity of her beliefs and even the tenacity and force of her convictions - but let's face it, the reason she has such a public profile in regard to this cause is because of her standing as an actress. In this case, though, that very standing could actually work against her.
So why did those who support animal rights not mention to her that, maybe, in this case, her presence will not help? Could they not see this? That is a disconnect that could explain much in regard to why things seem to break down in the legislative world of Israel.

Rabbi Ben Hecht


Garnel Ironheart said...

Instead of sneaking peeks at pictures of her when no one's looking, the Chareidi MK's get to meet her personally. It's a win-win for both sides.

Oh nassssty Garnel, nasty!

Anonymous said...

Traditional shtreimlach are in jeopardy if fur becomes unavailable. This visit could turn out poorly.

Rabbi Ben Hecht said...

Anonymous, that is the very humour of this although it really sadly reflects a stumbling block that affects our entire Jewish world. There is no understanding of differing frames of reference. If those in favour of animal rights understood how the charedim/chassidim think, they would recognize the religious challenge that they are facing as well as the fact that having Pamela Anderson represent them is more of a further problem than being of potential assistance. Even given Garnel's cynical perspective, those against animal rights may even become more adament rather than allowing for a possible impression that they were influence by this woman.

Rabbi Ben Hecht