Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hide and Seek

It's that time again- where Ely posts rants and angry blog posts that stir up a lot of people and cause trouble, because I'm actually speaking from my heart. Well it's been a while since I've done that, so here goes again.

Rant One- Being fake. I can't stand being fake, but I am. And all my friends are, and I feel like most of my community is, and there are only a few people who I trust to not be that way. Most of us lie, we hide things, we're not honest about our true selves because we're scared of what other people will think of us. Everyone tiptoes around each other and pretends to be happy just to avoid the judgment of their so called "friends".  Well let me tell you something, if they judge you, they're not your real friends. If they look down on you for one behavior or another, they're not your real friends. And I find this in every corner of my community. People pretending to be something they're not just to please others. I thought when I came out of the closet that my biggest secret was out there, and I would never have to hide anymore. But that's not true. I hide things on a daily basis, and it sucks.

Rant Two- Assumptions. I've said it once, and I'll say it again. Everyone loves making assumptions about each other. This boy and this girl have been seen together twice and therefore they must be a couple. This gay guy is really good friends with this straight person, and therefore, the straight person must actually be gay. Well, it's not always that simple. So however much society likes to group people or box things into neat little packages in order to better understand them, they're usually and most often WRONG. They hurt people by making accusations, they spread rumors and gossip and it only makes people suffer.

So I guess these two connect. In an ideal world- Everyone would stop being fake. If people are finally able to show their true selves, and speak out about who they are, maybe some of the judgments will stop.  If we no longer lie, and hide, to accept others for who they are, then others will stop having to label and assume things which are wrong.  But this world is not ideal, and the Orthodox Jewish community is certainly not. So I suggest, try and be yourselves, try and find a community and friends where you feel the absolute most comfortable to be yourself. And stop trying to label others, stop assuming what's going on in someone else's life and realize that if people want you to know something, hopefully they'll tell you. But if they don't, it is NOT your place to judge.


  1. I always like reading your posts - and I enjoy your idealism. At one time I was angry too and couldn't stand the hypocrisy I saw in the world around me.

    But the thing is, you can either choose to fight it the rest of your life, or you can choose to work within it while upholding your ideals to the best of your abilities. I have a feeling that what you perceive today as near black-and-white dichotomies will, say in 10 years, become much grayer, and the issues much more complex.

    So stick to your guns, but give people also the benefit of a doubt that sometimes their hypocrisy might be routed in something deeper - and that if you want them to see a deeper part of you - you have to be willing to do the same for others.

  2. yes. Those are the drawbacks of a small, insular and (relatively) narrow minded community.

  3. That was one of the things I hated most about the frum community. I'm not saying non-frum/non-Jewish people are immune to fakeness, but it's not as pervasive. People are more who they are instead of everybody trying to project some kind of perfect image.


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