April 16, 2006

Mamish Scared, Moral Values Decline

Filed under: What can we do? — Reb Moshe @ 4:08 pm

I am so scared for what will be 5 years from now. The family values our people are diminishing. All because we have become too close to the nations of the world. Rebbe Nachman says, Each of the 70 nations have their own evil tendancies they seem to draw too. With the internet and Television, we seem to be exposing our familes to everything from every corner of the world. What is terrible, mamish is that Hollywood embrases these immoral values and seep them into the minds of our children, what is worse, we let them.
I am guessing about 50% of movies probably have some reference to homosexual/adultry activity. Ten years ago, if they displayed such actions, it was only in order to poke fun of but today, they display this as normal and cool. Five years from now, will it be safe to walk any of the streets of the world? I mamish cry over this worry. My wife reminds me though, the problems start at home. If we show our children that a broken family of being divorced, fighting and everything else, the children will then have a wall that can be breached. On the other hand, if we truly show them the way a family should be and what it is to have morals and love, they will naturally be protected.

Still though, with a bunch of overly wealthy bored people in Beverly Hills putting out moral/immoral influence into the world, there is much to fear.

I wish there was more I could do…:(

1 Comment

  1. I too have this feeling and it makes me cry also. I consider myself a Baal Teshuva since I returned to my religion about four years ago. I was Bar Mitzvahed in a Conservative synagogue but since my return I have moved more toward Orthodox and Chassidic ritual and world view. My family is a dead end of Judaism. This is what saddens me most. Part of the reason for my return was the terrorist attack on 9/11. My younger brother Jonathan was killed while working for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He had recently married and had his second child before being so brutally killed by ruthless terrorists. Unfortunately he married a non-Jew and as a result his children are not Jewish. Now since he is dead he is unable to have any influence on his childrens souls. I am not in contact with his family, we were estranged a number of years before his marriage. I hope to some day be able to teach these children enough so they want to convert. I too married out of the religion, and now am divorced. I have gotten back with the woman and have told her in no uncertain terms that it is very, very important to me for her to convert. But even this is not enough. I turn on the television and am appalled at the obvious exertion of the Yetzer Hara over the subject matter. I too notice the Homosexual agenda and the overt sexuality which causes the eyes and mind to stray from pure thoughts. I also am upset about the number of shows which contain themes of murder and deciet, which are very popular today. Who cares why a mass murder killed people, did he have a bad childhood? Does that matter? People are looknig for something to blame, but they are to blame themselves.

    I love my Orthodox Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzak Kaufman of Touro university. His Shabbat programs have instilled in me the genuine desire to be like Hashem in all my ways. I have given to charity, have helped the poorer, observe Shabbat as best I can, and perform as many Mitzvahs as I can {Telling Purim Story, Exodus, eating matzah, eating in Succut, etc.} I study Torah and listen to AishAudio Rabbis talking instead of watching TV. I listen to Matisyahu who helps me meditate on Jewish ideas and philosophy. I long for the coming of Moshiach and believe we Jews need to take steps to bring as much light into the world as we can before Eli comes to help bring in the age of Moshiach. I want to feel it is happening soon, but I am willing to wait till Hashem is ready to redeem us.

    Thank you for your Web site and I look forward to being able to help you help the Jewish people.

    Michael Uman

    Comment by Michael Uman — April 20, 2006 @ 1:31 am

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