|Judaism.com supports the notion that the Red String has been infused with mystical, Kabbalistic powers at the tomb of Rachel, promising the protection of the Evil Eye. Judaism.com wants to reclaim this Red String as Jewish tradition, when if fact they admit they are ignorant of its source. It is actually heathen and idolatrous. Judaism.com also displays a video claiming the Red String becomes blessed with special authentic and proven qualities; to remove pain, defend against the Evil Eye, to bless children, and to afford easier pregnancies. Mesora intends to reveal each of these views as falsehood, and contrary to true Torah ideals.|
|Chananya, Mishael and Azarya risked life, and refused to bow to idols. Mordechai refused to bow before to Hamans idolatry, even placing himself at risk. Today, idolatry is tempting misinformed Jews. How much more must we take action when no one's life is at danger and what is at risk, are the beliefs of our fellow Jews, deceived that Red Strings protect, and that they form part of Judaism? Idolatrous ideas are being spread. We must do as Mordechai exemplified in his deep concern for others, and take action. Red Strings violate Judaism's fundamentals. This is no small issue.
Judaism.com and other websites are selling Red Strings as "protective, Judaic devices". These sites listed are taking peoples money. The Rabbis teach: Your friends money should be as beloved to you as your own. Mesora, the public, and many Rabbis are taking a stand against this destruction of Torah, and abuse. We ask you to join. Please read further below, and our arguments at the right.
Mesora has long protested idolatrous practices, prohibited in the Torah so many times, and specifically in Tosefta Sabbath, chapter 7. Our objective is to save innocent and ignorant Jews from falling prey to foolish practices, when the Torah commands against them, and when reason proves they are useless. We initially wrote this to Judaism.com:
Judaism.com did not respond, so we wrote again:
Judaism.com has finally responded citing these sources:
Clearly, the Debriziner Rav argues on a Tosefta, but he has no authority to do so. King Solomon stated, "For man is not righteous in the land who does good and does not sin." (Ecclesiastes, 7:20) King Solomon teaches that no man is free from error, not even Moshe Rabbeinu. A reputation of someone being a "Rav" must not cause us to accept all he says...he too may err. The Debriziner Rav is wrong.
What is dangerous about Judaism.com's approach, is their reliance on anything a Rabbi says. Perhap a Rabbi will support Jesus...does this mean it is acceptable? Then by what standards do we accept or refute a position as authentically Torah? The answer is, by Judaism's Fundamentals. This view of a string protecting us, is the result of Yeshiva's that disregard the education of the Yesodei HaTorah, "Judaism's Fundamentals" such as Rambam's 13 Principles. As such, we urge all Torah educators to engage in the study and education of those ideas most central to Judaism and our knowledge of God. Practices like wearing red strings to save one's self are absolutely alien to Torah principles recited each day in Ashray: "Close is God to all who call upon HIM, who call upon HIM in truth."
What we hope will come from this debate, is that Judaism.com and all other Red String peddlers recognize that red strings, rabbit feet, 4-leaf clovers, horseshoes, broken mirrors and the like, have no affect on our lives, or on reality. God alone rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked...whether or not they wear red strings.
Judaism.com omitted the Tosefta from their website, that we and other rabbis sent them. This omission reveals their intent to hide from Jews this most authoritative source in the Talmud refuting their Red Strings.
Other websites violating Torah principles and misleading the public include these below. See our arguments at right, and Click above to write Judaism.com and others protesting their practice.
Do not support these websites, as your purchase will reinforce your error, you will help spread falsehoods about Judaism's fundamentals, and you will enable these deceivers to rob others. Click the links above and take action supporting authentic Judaism.
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|March 8, 2005: By Elliot Plotnik (sent to Judaism.com and cc'd to Mesora)
Dear Mr. Perelman,
|March 8, 2005: By Rabbi Saul Zucker (sent to Judaism.com and cc'd to Mesora)
|March 7, 2005: By Ari Fischbein (sent to Judaism.com and cc'd to Mesora)
Oh, and I had 2 more questions:
1) Why have you not posted the Tosefta, informing your readers of ALL sources, and certainly the more central one?
|March 6, 2005: By Ari Fischbein (sent to Judaism.com and cc'd to Mesora)
Mr. Perelman at Judaism.com,
I reviewed your letter on your website regarding the red string. I have also read about it in the JewishTimes. I am a little confused. The Rishonim seem quite clear on this and your sources are Achronim (I am assuming so. I haven't heard of them - my shortcoming) Can Achronim argue on Rishonim? Can a custom remove an Issur a prohibition?
But even putting aside the source battle what about the logical arguments? Does a red string have power? Is it justice for God to punish someone for not wearing a red string and rewarding one who does regardless of their merit? Does it make sense to you?
What about the Shema, which tells us that the road to prosperity is keeping the mitzvos? Why should one do Teshuva, Tefilla, U'tzedaka (repent, pray and give charity) if all it takes is a red string? It would clear up a lot if you could address these arguments on your site. Simply quoting sources that (at least seemingly) go against the fundamentals of Torah - of Ein Od Milvado There is none other than God only clouds the area. Please explain how this practice of wearing Red Strings does not go against the fundamentals of Judaism, how infusing an object with power is not at least approximating idolatry. Thank you.
|March 6, 2005: By David Fischbein (sent to Judaism.com and cc'd to Mesora)
Dear Mr. Perelman at Judaism.com:
|March 4, 2005: By Rabbi Reuven Mann (sent to Mesora)
Rabbi Reuven Mann
|March 4, 2005: By Rabbi Steven Pruzansky (sent to Mesora)
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
|March 3, 2005: By Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman (sent to Mesora)
Belief in the Red Bendel as a protective device is a idolatrous. God is the only source of protection. Divine Providence emanates from Him alone. Placing trust in or attributing powers to physical objects is repugnant and rejected wholeheartedly by Judaism. It is a shame that there are so many charlatans who are feeding on the misfortunes of others by selling these so called protective devices. Desperate people who face real life difficulties are compounding their troubles both practically and philosophically by failing to put their trust in the Almighty. It is precisely during these difficult times that we are put to the test to see if we will reject false but attractive quick fixes like the colored piece of wool. Those who succeed in doing so and embrace Hashem will be rewarded.
|March 3, 2005: By Rabbi Saul Zucker (sent to Mesora)
Rabbi Saul Zucker