There are a million and one things to complain about regarding the Ichud HaKehilos Asifa [Gathering] at Citifield. Pretty much everyone has read the excellent post by Dovid Teitlebaum pointing out the fallacy of blaming the Internet for problems within the orthodox Jewish community. I wholeheartedly agree that positive chinuch is far more effective and valuable than bans, broad policies, filters, and fear.
I also understand that the Ichud HaKehilos believes that there is a legitimate reason to sincerely fear the Internet. I am willing to grant them the courtesy that the imaginary Internet boogeyman is the most pressing issue in the orthodox Jewish community for a moment. However, it completely boggles my mind how they can justify, on their own terms, one of their executive decisions.
The latest advertisements of for the Asifa are out and they proclaim that the Gedolim endorse the Asifa. Interestingly, there are no specific American Gedolim who are mentioned and I have not heard of any bold faced names from America in support of the Asifa other than R’ Matisyahu Solomon.
The new ads also announce that tickets are now on sale. You can have the privilege of attending the Asifa for just $10.
There’s just one catch. 50% of orthodox Jews cannot attend. The entire Asifa is for men only.
G-D these people are so embarrassing, I'm ashamed to be in the same room with them.