I also commend him on his bravery to actually include a link to my Amazon.com page in his post. He is taking a big risk there that someone may, Chas v'shalom, actually buy the book. Of course, I would have been more flattered if he would have included a link to my web page at: Web page and to my most unimpressive blog at Blogsite . Also, please note that the entire first 100 pages of the book is available to be read online at: Mazo Publishers .
The most intriguing part of his post was an emailed statement by a "a Rabbi" that attests to the fact that I am a "complete ignoramus" - something to do with history .
My thoughts on this statement run as thus:
The fact that I am a complete ignoramus is the subject matter of the Author's Foreword in which I went to great lengths to point out this fact. One purpose was to tell intelligent readers that if you do not wish to read the work of an ignoramus, close it now.
I am always suspect about people who call themselves "a Rabbi" who have the time to read my book (and email comments to anybody but not to me), especially, as it is 320 pages of ignorance. I am pleased that this Rabbi readily grasped the theme of the Author's Foreword but I am skeptical if he grasped the theme of any of the rest of the book.
What makes this whole issue so perplexing is this obsession on "History". There are about 12 chapters in the book, only about 1/2 of one of which deals with history and my main point is to debate a recognized "Professor of History" at Bar Ilan University who asserted in print, and built his thesis on the assertion, that the 18-19 Century Enlightenment was the "first time in History that Judaism was being devastated by Jews themselves". I suppose that the Adas Korach, Eliyahu HaNavi and Achav and the Baalists, all the civil wars at the last 100 years before the second destruction, and Shabtai Zvi had nothing to do with infighting between Jews. Now, clearly one of us (at least) is a complete ignoramus and it is evident that it must be me because the other fellow is a Professor of History at Bar Ilan.
Now I want everybody to know that I am a an ex-diamond dealer and a Technical Writer. I am not an historian. I barely finished high-school. I am entitled to be an ignoramus. But - and I know this will surprise many folks:
1A7B is not about History! It is about Haskafa and it is about chareidi society and it is about TODAY!
I really hate to repeat myself but I will say this as many times as necessary:
The mission of One Above and Seven Below is to promote understanding. It is meant to enable those who do not understand how chareidim think and who would like to understand how chareidim think, to do so. If you are interested in learning about how chareidim view Judaism, read the book. If you are not interested or if you already know about how chareidim think, then do not waste your time or money on this book. Learn Chumash and Rashi, instead.Thank you again, Boruch, for your generous publicity and - Keep it up!