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Black Hat, Gray Hat, Kipa Sruga - Is a Person's Hat a Reflection of Who he is?

By: David Mandel  

He's right of center. 

She's a Bais Yaakov girl. 

She's left of center. 

He wears a kipa sruga. 

He's Charedi. 

She goes to the movies. 

Those are meant to be one word all-encompassing terms, yet they describe the person in such minimalist terms. 

My father-in-law A"H always asked a person whom he met for the first time, Vun Vanest bist to? Where are you from? This was common amongst Europeans. You, your parents or grandparents may have answered Tomachov (Poland), Sichel or Spinka (Romania), Fekete Ordo or Munkatch (Czechoslovakia), Sebir (Russia), Satmar or Szelizia (Hungary). 

This one-word answer citing the city you were from could describe who you are, your family, your townspeople, your Jewishness. All this with just one word. 

Many segments of our community emphasize interfaith dialogue. Jews and Catholics reaching out to each other with full-page ads, newspaper articles, seminars and luncheons. 

There are several Jewish groups competing for attention with the Catholic communities. We travel to Rome to pay homage. We invite Catholic leaders into our shuls and homes so they can learn more about us. 

Then there's inter-religious dialogue amongst the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism. Our community of journalists, writers and thinkers expend countless words professing and parsing the Torah on such weighty issues as, "Who is a Jew", Intermarriage, Agunah and Divorce, Ordaining Women and Homosexuality. These are weighty issues indeed. 

Yeshiva University established the Center for the Jewish Future. It's stated purpose, "to reclaim its Centrist based amid Orthodoxy's continued move to the Right." Eugene Korn of the American Jewish Congress "is hopeful the Center for the Jewish Future will strengthen the bond between Orthodoxy and Non-Orthodoxy." YU is even establishing a Center for Ethics and the Future of Civilization. 

We're focusing heavily on the future. This is important. As they say, "Our children are our future." Yet, it can be very instructive to look at the recent past a bit more. 

We are a people who rely heavily on our Mesorah, our tradition. Is there a better and more profound example of studying our past than the collective learning by millions of children and adults of the Torah, every day, every year for generations? Doesn't every ten-year old cite the story on Pesach of Jews keeping their levush, their clothing, as one of the reasons for our being zoche to Yetzias Mitzraim? 

It would be nice to establish a center to study intra-orthodox problems. We're so good at studying everyone else's problems; why not spend a little more time concentrating on issues closer to home. As the mishna states, take care of your own townspeople before you help people in other cities. We seem to have more than enough to keep us busy within our own Orthodox community amongst the chasidishe, black hats, gray hats, kipa sruga, snood, shpitz kop and the many other categories of head covering that presumably describe who we are. 

What are the issues that bring these groups together, and what divides them? Why do we as a community of Orthodox Jews lack such a dialogue amongst ourselves? What many once considered to be one community has now become very factionalized. Many Orthodox Jews in the Center are not so sure of their comfort level in that position. Is there, in fact, a Center that a person can be comfortable in? How does this affect our decisions to select a shul, a yeshiva and shidduchim? 

Let's first consider intra-orthodoxy in the alte heim, in the shtetl. What did it look like? It would seem from readings, pictures, and most importantly, from speaking with our parents and grandparents, that co-existence was a rule of thumb. The shtreimel, black hat, gray hat, and even non-kipah lived more in harmony. 

Pick your shtetl. The law of the shtetl was the relative law of the people. Generally, there was one Rav in town, even though there were different types of people living there. In Radin, Lita the Chofetz Chaim (z'tl) was the Rav. He was the Rav of the yeshiva community, yet he was the Rav of The community. The Brezaner Rav, The Marsham (z'tl) was the Rav in Galicia. Rav Eliyahu Feinstein (z'tl) in Pruzan, White Russia. 

The Minchas Eliezer, the Munkatcher Rebbe (z'tl), was the Rav in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930's and early 1940's. He was the predecessor to EF Hutton, when the Munkatcher Rebbe spoke, people listened. There were 42,000 people in Munkatch, 13,000 of them Jews with 100,000 Jews in surrounding communities who identified themselves as affiliated with Munkatch. In Roman Vishniak's pictorials of Jewish life in these cities, you can see and feel how these hat and hatless people spoke and lived together. A much smaller percentage of men wore shtreimels back then. 

This is not simply a nostalgic yearning for the past. It is questioning why has the hat become the ultimate symbol of orthodoxy rather than the individual who is wearing the hat? In "The World That Was Lithuania" (pg. 42) there is a picture of the Roshei HaYeshiva, Menahalim, Kollel and Talmidim of the Telz Yeshiva in 1932. The Kollel talmidim are a large group of "gray hats". Many of these young men, and others like them and their children eventually became presidents of shuls, askanim, and leaders of the frum community. Or look at pictures of the early days of the Agudah Convention. They reflect a more heterogeneous grouping of Jews joined by one unifying purpose. There were many "gray hats" in the crowd. 

Contrast the shtetls of old with thousands of Jews living on the West Side today. The young people in the Keywest and Westmont Buildings and the gew surrounding blocks on the West Side of Manhattan could have the equivalent number of Jews as in Munkatch. Just the children in the Satmar yeshivas today equal the number of Jews in Munkatch. The number of people who squeeze into the Bobov succah in Brooklyn for a tish may equal the number of Jews in Munkatch. 

Joe Schick sums up Orthodox labels on his blog in "Orthodox Judaism's Cultural Divide." He quoted Jblogger Godol Hador, who divides the frum world into four camps: The Right Wing Charedi, Left Wing Charedi, Right Wing Modern Orthodox, and Left Wing Modern Orthodox. I noted there was no group called Center. Joe Schick states further that he does not identify himself as either Charedi or Modern Orthodox. Indeed, in Charedi settings, he says, he's perceived as Modern Orthodox, while the modern think of him as Charedi. 

Ohel's President, Moishe Hellman, often laments this type of characterization in our community describes Ohel. Within Boro Park, Ohel is perceived as an organization of modern, English speaking professionals. Conversely, within the Manhattan or Five Towns communities, Ohel is perceived as a "Boro Park agency" serving only the heimish, devout Charedi community. Seemingly organizations, too, can be labeled a hat. 

Why is this an issue? Why is this relevant to us at all? 

The slow, yet perceptible loss of the Center within orthodoxy has had far-reaching ramifications on our community. It has had a profound effect on our finances, shidduchim, housing, and employment, in our identification with a shul, or a yeshiva for our children, or a social strat. We live in a fast-paced world with little time to fully describe people or events. We sum up people in one word and it effects them and us greatly. 

In the shtetl, there was a middle, a Center. Many people were part of this Center, accepted as part of a large community, whether it was the Center in religion or the Center in Zionism. 

Politics and religion are often synthesized in Left, Center, and Right phraseology. Bill Clinton's platform in 1992 was to govern from the Center. Contrast this with George Bush and Karl Rove whose politics were a strong shift to the Right, often times described as the religious Right, not the political Right. Israeli politics in the 1950's and 1960's did have a Left and a Right, but it had an even larger Center. 

Is there a Center today? The political parties are outmaneuvering themselves as to who could take a more extreme position on the Liberal Left or the Neocon Right. And was is the Right anyway? Is it about politics or religion? How will Prime Minister Sharon's strategy of establishing the Kadimah Party, a move to the Center, affect other aspects of Israel life? 

Many people are not comfortable in the extreme. They prefer to be in the Center. The Center is more inclusive, providing a greater awareness, with a connection to more people, offering more dialogue and opportunities to participate with greater openness and tolerance. Though it is important to note that many people who describe themselves as being part of the Center also need to exhibit a greater tolerance. Today, young men and women are generally categorized as Right, or Right of Center, which typically means a black hatter or a very dark hat/shtreimel. Or, the person is Left of Center, depicting a modern or very modern person. 

Girls look to marry boys today who are generally more frum than the boys of yesterday. So many young women are going to Eretz Yisroel, to seminaries with a certain belief system, and return one short year later with a new Hashkafa - only wanting to marry boys who sit and learn. Boys are sitting and learing, even those who don't want to or who lack the ability, for fear they'll be excluded from good, quality, shidduchim. Do so many young men actually want to sit and learn full time in New York, New Jersey, and Israel? Or have we reached a baseline where you can't afford to be the od man out. 

Some young men may actually want to begin to work full-time, but they're forced to adapt to the current trend. Think about it. How many boys and girls return from Israel after a year or two and say they want to marry someone who is in the Center? Not many it seems. Parents of a young man or woman may push for a different type of shidduch than their son or daughter wants. The young man is a black hatter or the young woman only wants to become a kollel wife, and the more modern parents are unwilling or unable to afford supporting this lifestyle. Or the reverse is true when a young man and woman do not want to conform, cannot find a place for themselves and they look for places farther from home, at times becoming estranged from family, from friends, or their community. 

To gain a perspective on the dangers of labeling in any extreme, let's consider the following: in the 1950's during the McCarthy era, people were publicly summed up in one word, a Lefty or a Commie. In the 1960's, beatnick was the word of the day. Maynard Krebs was thought to be left of normal. In the Vietnam Era in the 1970's, Hippies were thought of as long hair and drugs. If you attended the University of California at Berkley or the University of Chicago, you were a Radical to the extreme. If you were at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Brawn Mawr, you were thought to be brilliant. You could have a 4.0 index at Adelphi or LIO and have only a 3.0 index at Yale and be a mediocre student, but would parents prefer a medicore Harvard shidduch or a brilliant student from LIU? 

Today, what does it mean, he's in Lakewood, he's a Brisker, he's YU, she's a Bais Yaakov girl, she went to Brovenders? What do these one-word labels mean anyway? HAFTR has a kollel and MIR has some young men who sit but don't learn. 

In the 70's and 80's, many Young Israel Rabbis wore a kipa sruga. Today, attend one of the National Council of Young Israel conferences and you'll see almost all black hats, maybe two grays, and one kipa sruga. Those who davened in Agudah shuls in the 1970's in Crown Heights, Boro Park, and certainly out-of-town, will remember the predominance of gray hats in shul, worn by the president and other askanim. 

The ideology of the Zionist dream, the European survivors of the Shoah from the shtetls, the Sabras and Chalutzim at one time joined together. There was a Center. 

Today, the Center has all but disappeared to the Left and Right. And who is the Right? Those identifying themselves with Gush and Chevron, the modern day Chalutzim with the big, black knitted kipa or is the Right Bnei Brak and Mea Shearim? 

Maybe this is a natural evolution. Agricultural societies evolve into technological ones. Wall Street goes through cycles linked to the economy. Speak to haberdashers, they'll tell you black hats are a recent market trend taking over gray hats and burgeoning only fifteen to twenty years ago. What is the next color hat? 

People, most of all, need to be comfortable with themselves, in their own skin, to comfortably find a place in their community. It is not in the color of their hat. Dr. David Pelcovitz often speaks of the resiliences of people, the inner strength a person has to carry them through difficult times. Dr. Abraham Twerski is renowned for his message on building self-esteem as a most important ingredient to carry a person through life with a positive self-image, an intrinsic belief system that you are good. As long as we're comfortable with whom we are, with what we want to be, we can be in the Center, the Right, Left or anywhere in between. As long as we don't change to be someone or something else we're not ready to be, and whom we don't want to be. 

Let's leave labeling to clothing and food, not for people. 

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  • 01/10/2010 - Professionals Prepare to Address Teen Behaviors...
  • 01/08/2010 - Record Number of OHEL Bais Ezra Day Trips ...
  • 01/03/2010 - OHEL Celebrates Purim with Le Cirque Du Purime...

ARTICLES

  • Overnight Respite...
  • Employment: The Power of a Paycheck...
  • After the Brooklyn fire tragedy in which seven children died...
  • Rav Elya Brudny and Others Address Over 200 at Conference to...
  • Does Alan Turing have Aspergers Syndrome?...
  • Foster Parenting: How will it affect my children?...
  • “Hard to Place,” Not Hard to Love...
  • The Ties That Bind: Keeping Siblings Together in Foster Car...
  • Confronting Abuse in the Frum World ...
  • Understanding the Educational and Behavioral Needs of Childr...
  • When Divorce Can Save a Marriage...
  • Jewish Kids are in Foster Care, Too...
  • A Fulfilling Life ...
  • Richard Bernstein to Become First Blind State Supreme Court ...
  • Ask the Expert: Eligibility Specialist...
  • Meachorei Hapargod: Lessons for Elul, Courtesy of Summer Ca...
  • Early Parental Loss...
  • Are Gedolim Stories Good Chinuch?...
  • Is Recovery From Mental Illness Possible?...
  • Helping Your Child Accept a New Baby...
  • Self-Esteem or Self-Validation?...
  • “Knock, Knock” “Who's There?” OPWDD: Welcoming the F...
  • Developmentally Disabled Employees Shine In The Workplace...
  • “I Take Care” — Mrs. Miriam Lubling, a”h...
  • The Hallmark of Klal Yisrael: A Caring Heart… Foster care ...
  • Redefining strength...
  • Sustaining the Excitement of the First Year of Marriage...
  • No Complaints...
  • No Shidduch Left Behind...
  • Statewide Project Continues Offering Services to Sandy Victi...
  • 75th Anniversary of the Horrors of Kristallnacht...
  • Etta at OHEL Dedicates Fourth Group Home...
  • Staten Island Jewish victims of Hurricane Sandy Still in Nee...
  • A Slice of Home: Through the eyes of a foster child...
  • Ask Sarah: Newly Married & Worried About Divorce...
  • As New Year Approaches, N.Y. Community Devastated by Hurrica...
  • Oniomania: A Look into the Minds of Compulsive Shoppers...
  • Teens and Saturday Nights: A Parenting Approach...
  • The Loss of a Dream...
  • Help! My Adolescent is Out of Control!...
  • Protecting Our Children: Does a Bakery Have a Soul?...
  • Who Am I? Standing at the precipice of death longing for sta...
  • Nobody Quite Knew What to do With Yaakov...
  • Understanding the Coordination between Early Intervention an...
  • Understanding your "peckel", your packet of problems...
  • Life for Frum Women in domestic violence shelters...
  • United We Stand: The Impact of Disabilities on Marriage...
  • Unique Needs of Children in Foster Care...
  • The Success Story that Finally Happened...
  • It’s a painful process to watch. We joke about it all the ...

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