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Nov 27, 2011

Rav Amnon Yitzchak Is The Good Polish Soldier

Rav Amnon Yitzchak always goes for the sensational. It is part of his fire and brimstone style, and it is how he is successful with the crowd that follows him. His latest plan, perhaps stunt, is that next Tuesday he will go down with a crowd of followers to the offices of the Broadcasting Authority and throw out, in large dumpsters prepared for the event, 1000 television sets, or as he calls them "temblevision" - temble being the derogatory word for an idiot.


Somebody just told me the term (regarding something else we were discussing) "he is a good Polish soldier". Rav Amnon Yitzchak is a good Polish soldier. The term means that at the turn of the 20th century the Polish soldiers were well trained and fought well. By the time World War II came around they still had a great cavalry and were well-disciplined, but the German tanks flattened them. the good Polish soldiers were well-prepared to fight a war from a previous generation, and were not prepared to fight the current battlefield.

Rav Amnon Yitzchak is fighting a war that was fought a generation ago. In the frum community, television is no longer an issue. Among some the fight has "been won" and they gave up on television, and among others they kept the television and the issue is now ignored for the most part. The fight was considered won.

Regardless of whether it was won 20 years ago or not, television is not a worthwhile fight nowadays. It is pointless. The Internet has the potential to be a million times worse for any specific person  than anything shown on television ever was. There is no point in fighting against televisions when people have internet. Firstly, most television shows can be watched via the computer and internet. Secondly, people have access to stuff much worse than anything on television.

And how crazy is it that he is fighting this fight while streaming the event live on the Internet?!

As someone else pointed out on Facebook - if you are looking for a free television, make sure to head on over to the Broadcasting Authority next week. You should have a great selection.

4 comments:

  1. and the television smashing will be shown live on their website.....

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  2. Rafi - one minor correction. There was not Polish army at the turn of the last century, as there was no independent Poland at that time. The modern state of Poland was resurected after the end of WW I from land that had been part of Germany, Russia, and (I believe) the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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  3. the Polish Legions were created in 1914, and while Poland only became an independent country after World War 1, its territory was polish and the people were poles even before. i suspect he was referring to the polish legion fighting in world war 1.

    I looked up the phrase "a good polish soldier" and did not find it, so I cannot give a more accurate explanation than what I was told.

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  4. > By the time World War II came around they still had a great cavalry and were well-disciplined, but the German tanks flattened them. the good Polish soldiers were well-prepared to fight a war from a previous generation, and were not prepared to fight the current battlefield.

    That’s a myth. All of the belligerents used cavalry during WWII. The Polish army was actually very good for the mid-rate power that Poland was in 1939. The German army was just much better. So much better, that they defeated France, the second-most powerful empire in the world, in a matter of weeks.

    The famous picture of Polish cavalry strewn in front a panzer battalion was taken by German propaganda photographers. The cavalry had charged German infantry earlier in the day, and had won the skirmish, but had left their dead behind. When a tank column reached the site, a photographer snapped a picture which was used by the German propaganda service to show Germans how backwards and foolish the Slavs were.

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