The following was written by VIN, Sandy Eller reporting. I will comment after the article in red!
The Novominsker gave a scathing rebuke to bloggers who feel the need to comment on any issue that arises.
“Rabbosai, we have become a society of ‘kikkers’, of lookers,” said the Novominsker. “We look at ‘yenem’ and we make comments. There are many self-appointed ‘mevinim’ amongst us unfortunately, ready to sound off on anything and everything. These mevinim have no compunctions about opinionating about whatever goes on in the Jewish world, in the Torah world especially and very often, as a result of that curse of technology called the blogs, they engage in cynicism and zilzul talmidei chochomim and downright chutzpah.”
Rabbi Perlow quoted the Kotzker Rebbe who would exhort his followers to scrutinize themselves and their own actions instead of looking at the behavior of others.
“An ehrliche yid should behave with humility and understatedness and speak with kavod hatorah and respect talmidei chochomim and not appropriate themselves as a commentator and a mayvin on everything that goes on.”
The Novominsker spoke about instilling these same values in our children and grandchildren.
“How do you expect the younger generation to think when they hear sometimes their parents making derogatory remarks on the ‘system’ in the Torah world today, learning after the chasana, having to support the kinder, the eidemes and so on?”
“Yes there are questions and issues about individuals and parnassa is an overriding question sometimes, all the time, and they must be addressed individually, but not to become self-styled commentators on the Torah scene today,” added the Novominsker.
Offering his own view as a member of the older generation, Rabbi Perlow spoke about the lost passion for Torah that was prevalent decades ago, threatened by those who feel free to criticize others in a public forum.
“What I need to stress is that we must curb the urge to opinionate, because opinionating…means poor judgment, unfair comments and unwise chinuch,” said Rabbi Perlow.
The Novominsker concluded his twenty nine minute address with a plea to seek a greater level of refinement and closeness to the Ribono Shel Olam.
“That is an oblgiation incumbent upon every Jew, especially ehrliche yidden and thus enhance k’vod shomayim.
The reason that we have " many self-appointed ‘mevinim’ amongst us, ready to sound off on anything and everything" is very simple....
We the "homoin am" have no leaders!
Those that we do have we don't respect!
Some examples ....
Satmar: I am not going into the SHIT'ah now.... just an observation...
The two Rebbes are fighting and are in Secular court, fighting about real estate worth billions, in violation of the second Rashi in Parshas Mishpatim!
How can the regular hard working Zslub have any respect for these guys.
Bobov: Two guys fighting, both were in Secular Court, with the Secular Judge admonishing them and asking them why they cannot work these things (real estate, again) out in Bais Din!
By the way, one of the Rebbis is not excepting the recent Bais Din ruling, claiming one of the Dayanim is on the take.It was ok for the last 6 years while the Bais Din was deliberating, but now that they paskened, it's not ok!
In the Litvisher world, two Roshei Yeshivas were at each other's throats after Rav Shach passed on,
one of the followers of one Rosh Yeshivah actually threw a shtender at the opposing follower and killed him.... hush hush....V'hamevin Yavin!
Rav Auerbach disregards any Halachic rulings of Rav Kanievski or Rav Shteinman!
Both Rav Kanievski and Rav Shteinman disregard Rav Auerbach!
Lakewood and Satmar and the Aguda all hate each other but like the Arabs, they get together to make an asifa against Israel!
All the above will stick up for Child Abusers but will vilify the victim!
So now the Noveminsker wants us all to shut up and crawl under rocks?
We all want Torah leaders, we all want clarity in today's world, but the present leadership does not, and apparently cannot, lead!The Gemarah already prophesied, 2,000 years ago
"Pnei Doro, K'Pnei Kelev" Rashi says that means that the leaders will follow public opinion, not Torah! They will be just like dogs.
A dog tends to run ahead of it's owner and then stops at the end of the block to see where its owner is going to go, and then when its owner takes a turn at the end of the block, the dog again runs ahead and then waits again at the end of the block.
Unforunately, that's our present Torah leaders, they have no clue what's going on, relying on their handlers, and when the handlers say, "throw stones on the religious soldiers" they say "Amein"
Rabbi... you said that "the Kotzker would exhort his followers to scrutinize themselves and their own actions instead of looking at the behavior of others."
If I were you I would start with that!