#blogelul : trust

don’t?

It is often hard to know whom to trust.

Each of the fol­low­ing but­tons were sold as nov­el­ty items. The first sug­gest­ing we trust Bernard Mad­off is very sad. The sec­ond is intend­ed for fun.

I’ve nev­er worn the first.

The oth­er I wear at rab­binic con­ven­tions.

a shonda!

a shon­da!

Date: 2009
Size: 5.7
Pin Form: clasp
Print Method: cel­lu­loid
Text A SHONDA!

TRUST
trust me, i'm a rabbi

trust me, i’m a rab­bi

Date: 2010
Size: 3.81
Pin Form: clasp
Print Method: cel­lu­loid
Text TRUST ME, I’M A
RABBI

how to?

As we approach Rosh haShan­nah and Yom Kip­pur, may we train our trust-sen­sors to know who, what, why, when and how to trust.

what is “#blogelul”?

My friend and col­league Phyl­lis Som­mers has thought of yet a new cre­ative way to pre­pare for Rosh haShan­nah. You can learn more here.

#blogelul schedule

blog­ging elul

your lapel buttons

Many peo­ple have lapel but­tons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jack­et you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any lay­ing around that you do not feel emo­tion­al­ly attached to, please let me know. I pre­serve these for the Jew­ish peo­ple. At some point they will all go to an appro­pri­ate muse­um. You can see all the but­tons shared to date.

2 comments to #blogelul : trust

  • If we’re deal­ing with online trust-sen­sors, then I think our best bet is to fol­low the well-known inter­net max­im: trans­paren­cy is the new objec­tiv­i­ty. Link­ing allows our read­ers to check up on us, to ver­i­fy for them­selves whether, beyond sim­ply lik­ing what we have to say, what we’re telling them has any basis. I’d argue that this is essen­tial­ly a tech­no­log­i­cal updat­ing of the prac­tice of חז“ל telling us from whom they learned a par­tic­u­lar say­ing or opin­ion. Of course it’s fair to ask whether they had real­ly learned what they were repeat­ing from the per­son they were quot­ing. But that’s not nec­es­sar­i­ly dif­fer­ent from link­ing to some­thing and hop­ing that nobody is going to check whether that link actu­al­ly ver­i­fies our point of view.

  • Thank you Yankel. You raise a good point, which is why so many of my blog posts are filled with links (that I notice from oth­er tools I use few rarely click). And, it’s why I added the link to the phrase you high­light­ed in your com­ment.

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