Is There Something in the Water in RBS?
We all have heard about the poor girl was was spat upon and called a Zonah in Ramat Beit Shemesh. A horrendous story of what was essentially some pretty serious bullying of a child by people who should have known better. It made world headlines and made the people of RBS just look bad.
Yesterday I’m sitting in Yeshiva and a person has a question. It goes like this:
There is this girl, who’s mother ran off on her father years ago, got pregnant and had this girl. The girl is now 12 or 13yrs old. So it appears that she is a Mamzeret. Should I publicize the fact with posters around town?
I actually had to ask him to repeat that. I was stunned, no shocked really. Since the look of incredulity on my face didn’t answer the question, I said, “No, absolutely not.” What I wasn’t expecting then, but what I got was a fight, and not just with him, but with several people, all of them from RBS. These folks actually had a plan to print up posters to inform the world that this twelve year old girl was the product of adultery, and none of them saw anything wrong with that. In fact they tried to fight me on it.
So now I had to make a halakhic case. First I quoted a number of Gedolim that I know who say that you shouldn’t. One of them who has a Mohel Mumche certification from Rabbinut claimed that in Hilkhot Milah, you were supposed to give a Mamzer the name Kidur(yes the Shakh does say that on 265:4). However, this was a half remembered halakha because when we looked at it, every posek for the last 300yrs said not to(and that you should publicize the person’s status). That still wasn’t enough to satisfy them.
My last ditch effort, which was probably my weakest halakhic argument, was to show them that they didn’t know that the girl was a mamzeret. So I asked them how do you know the wife didn’t get properly divoced? They had heard it(i.e. rumor). How do you know that she had a halakhicly binding Ketubah, after all the Beit Din HaGadol just a few weeks ago ruled that a Ketubah could be retroactively annulled if one of the Eidim was no longer shomer mitzvot(they did this to free an Agunah). They didn’t know that either. End of the day I left them highly disappointed that they couldn’t ruin a 12yr girl’s life.
So here is my question. Is there something about RBS that attracts crazies? Are they crazy when they get there or is it something in the water? Are there just an over abundance of Spirits of Stupidity there that are taking over people or something?