There has been much debate in the community about Jews attacking one another in public.
It is truly disturbing that this is happening so much and being exploited by our enemies.
However, just like crooks and child abusers love to hide behind “loshon horoh” and rogue Rabbis love to hide behind “kavod Talmid Chochom” to avoid justice, those who are hurting their own people from within love to hide behind “Jewish unity” to keep their public image and support.
and just like the Halacha is clear that the laws of loshon horo do not apply when there is risk to someone else involved, and the laws of honouring a Talmid Chochom are pushed aside when that Talmid chochom is involved in public abominable behavior, so too, it is clear that when someone publically betrays his own people, he is to be shamed in public.
Our prophets never held back from publically rebuking the people when they were out of line.
some of them were persecuted or even killed for it, but who did history show to be right?
When my father attacked Jews who didn’t do enough to fight Apartheid from the pulpit, he was told not to make Jews look bad in public- who did history vindicate?
yet we must proceed with great caution and great יראת שמים and balance everything we do very carefully.
In the era of social media, very little is private anymore.
Everyone has to be careful what they post or even say or do in front of others, and know that it could be shared, screen-shot, and quoted everywhere.
It is a fine-line I tread with great trepidation, and ask my friends to hold my hand when I waver.
As Chazal warned us so long ago וכל מעשיך בספר נכתבים
“and all your deeds are being written in a book”