It has recently come to the attention of The Men of the West that one Yair Rosenberg of Tablet Magazine has appointed himself the supreme arbiter of Jewishness. Now, normally, this is not the sort of thing we would concern ourselves with, as such trivial things as who is a Jew and who is not a Jew is not really in our purview. After all, it is very easy to wind up being sucked into nasty shouting matches where nothing actually happens.
But all that changed last Friday night when Yair Rosenberg’s Twitter Golum, Imposter Buster, came online and began harassing one of our own. Mr. Rosenberg decided that our very own Rabbi B was not, in fact, a Real Jew, but was instead an anti-Semitic racist twitter troll. But far be it from us to put words in Mr. Rosenberg’s mouth. We will simply quote what he has to say on the matter:
But there is one particular type of anti-Semitic troll that I find particularly pernicious: the racists who use their accounts to impersonate Jews and defame them. The con goes like this: The troll finds a picture of a very Jewish-looking person online—typically a Hasidic Jew in full regalia—and makes it his avatar. He puts a bunch of very Jewish descriptors in his bio (“Orthodox,” “Zionist,” “enemy of the alt-right”). He then proceeds to insert himself into conversations with prominent Twitter users—conversations that will often be read by tens of thousands of followers—and say horrifically racist things. Thus, it appears to unsuspecting readers that Jews are outlandishly bigoted.
Naturally, we here at Men of the West know all the authors, and we can assure our readers that Rabbi B is in fact a Jew, and he is, in fact, an ordained Rabbi.
So, on what basis does Mr. Rosenberg deny the good Rabbi’s ethnicity?
Now, it’s pretty easy to identify these trolls if one knows how to look. Their tweets are indistinguishable from alt-right racism. They regularly retweet the alt-right and other anti-Semites.
And there we have it. All Jews must think the same way or else they’re not really Jews. No Real Jew would EVER sympathize with the dreaded Alt-Right. And in taking that position, and building his little twitter bot, Mr. Rosenberg has engaged in a campaign of vindictive unpersoning against a Jew who did him no wrong. And what was Rabbi B’s crime? Disagreeing with somebody’s politics.
We, the Men of the West, do hereby publicly, and formally, demand an apology from Tablet Magazine for Yair Rosenberg’s anti-semitic attack against one of our own.
Editors Note: Rabbi B reached out to Yair Rosenberg via e-mail after Tablet Magazine’s article was published that singled him out. As of the time of the writing of this article, neither Mr. Rosenberg nor Tablet Magazine have responded to him.