Religion & Beliefs

Anonymous Frumsters Tell It Like It Is

Wow! The Lockers is a really really interesting site, and one I suggest you visit right this very minute. From their front page: Welcome to TheLockers.net – – where Yeshiva teens speak freely. The place where Yeshiva teens say what … Read More

By / February 27, 2007

Wow!

The Lockers is a really really interesting site, and one I suggest you visit right this very minute. From their front page:

Welcome to TheLockers.net – – where Yeshiva teens speak freely. The place where Yeshiva teens say what we believe in, and challenge what we don’t. Each and every one of us has our core beliefs – the stuff that we live by. Maybe it’s friends, maybe its family. Maybe it’s our own self, or truth, or some idea of God and Judaism. Or maybe its money, image, or power.

And then there’s the stuff we don’t buy into. The places where the things our parents and teachers and rabbis have taught us simply don’t match up with our personal reality. And who are we supposed to talk to about all that stuff?

So here it is – a place that we can let our guard down, where each of us is totally anonymous, but where we all share a common background of having grown up in the Yeshiva world. There are no agendas here – no expectations of what conclusions we each might decide.

It’s not all deep and gushy and spiritual or anything. In fact, what makes it fascinating is how regular it reads. But it comes from a corner of the world that secular/pluralistic/academic Jews like me could only imagine… until now.

For instance, in the Faith section, this thread called “What is a reform Jew?”

There’s just something really weird and addictive about reading the thoughts of people for whom a “reform Jew” is a foreign element, a strange beast.

I mean, Reform Jews are normal, right. It’s the frumsters who are curious and fascinating and bizarre and worth discussing….

Dude… It’s like we’re all the same or something… it’s like… how we feel about them, that’s how they feel about us!