Dear G-d, I love you. Please save me from your followers.
You should stop saying that you signed up for this. You signed up for a close relationship to God through observance of His Torah and performance of His mitzvos, yes? These idiots are just a side show that came along with the package. Think of them as the annoying cousins that come with a new spouse. You love the spouse but have to hang out with the idiots every so often...Garnel Ironheart
When the idiot cousins come with rabbinic approval--yes, I will continue to post my "what did I sign up for" series. I signed up for a close relationship with G-d. Do these people have it? According to some definitions, they do.
No, they do not have a close relationship with God. They have a close relationship with their outfits, with their broken English-Hebrew dialect, with their "minhagim" but they long ago forgot about the forest for the leaves.
AztecQueen2000,I think you might like this link - http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/05/23/taking-back-the-silence-reaction-to-sexual-abuse-in-jewish-communities/
I'm not Monty Python. I hate SPAM.