by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
JBloggers (the Jewish blogging community) are a diverse lot, from anarchists and anti-religious to zionists and zealots. There's rabbis, new rabbis, and former rabbis. There's pro-Israel, pro-"Peace", and anti-Israel. In real life, most Jews are a little left or a little right, but like a crowded room in blogging you have to speak LOUDLY to be heard. And strongly voicing your opinion is certainly a shared Jewish trait.
When people look to JBlogging as an organized community (or even an organized conspiracy, muhahaha), they look to the communal events...
o Haveil Havelim - The Weekly Jewish Blog Post Carnival - Started by Soccer Dad, now operated by Joe Settler
o The Jewish Cooking Blog Post Carnival - Started & Operated by Shiloh Musings
o The Jewish Photo Blog Post Carnival - Started & Operated by Bagel Blogger
o The JIBs - The Jewish & Israel Blogging Awards - Started by IsraellyCool, operated in 2005 by The Jerusalem Post, and in 2007 by me - Mystical Paths.
And now we have the International JBloggers Conference, started by Webads.co.il and Nefesh b'Nefesh.
Some JBloggers, and even the mainstream press in Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, have stood up and shouted it's a right wing orthodox JBloggers conspiracy (muhahaha). Why? Because the majority of speakers are pro-Israel and/or right-wing and/or orthodox (or generally religious).
Well, I'm here to let the cat out of the bag. Yes, they're right, it's a right wing pro-Israel pro-settler pro-orthodox JBlogging conspiracy! At tomorrow's conference, we'll be receiving our secret decoder rings as well as being taught the secret handshake.
But why, why have the poor pro-Arab anti-Jewish Jewish bloggers been excluded from so many JBlogging community functions (the carnivals, the awards, etc.) Here's the truth:
Much of the left wing Jewish bloggers spend much of their time fighting Judaism, fighting the growth and success of Israel, digging for the failings of the community (yes, plenty to be found) to hurt the community. In other words, they blog to destroy.
The "right wing" / "orthodox" / "pro-Israel" / "settler" bloggers are (often) driven with a purpose. They're building - building for the future, building a (real world) community, or a country, or Torah and Judaism, reaching out to their fellow, sharing good words and good thoughts.
They build, they create - the blogging carnivals, the awards, and now - the conference. There will be plenty of room to kvetch, it's not perfect, it could be better, etc. But until you build it, there's nothing to kvetch over.
G-d willing, Mystical Paths is attending the JBloggers conference tomorrow evening in Jerusalem, the Holy City, capital of Israel, heart of the Jewish people. Why? For the same reason it has been announced Likud leader and former Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu is attending, the same reason Ha'aretz wrote their negative article, and the same reason Israeli Channel 10 has done 2 televised interviews with a panelist - we now have a chance to speak for our community, and we're now being heard. As bloggers, we need to understand that, understand our impact, and the responsibilities that come along with that.
I'm told all are welcome, but I'm sure that statement is just to perpetuate the conspiracy. Muhahaha.
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