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December 06, 2006

Desperately seeking Rochel

If you've ever wondered why the super-frum have denounced the use of the internet, read this depressing piece by Ken Mondschein, "Frum Seeking Frum / What are Orthodox Jews doing on Craigslist’s Casual Encounters?" (Myself, I have trouble with an article that begins with the phrase "Horny haredim," which just gives me the heebee-jeebees.)

And if you think that only those who have a limited window on the secular world can find themselves in trouble on the internet, here's the latest installment in the case of the Conservative rabbi from Potomac, who was arrested when he showed up to meet someone he met online and thought was a teenaged boy interested in sex.

I know that a lot of people laugh at what they see as religious hypocrisy. The fact is, though, that being religious doesn't eliminate one's temptation to do wrong. And I would guess that a fair majority of these people, rationalizations aside, recognize that what they're doing is wrong.