So by now you've all seen this blog. It's about this video.
A couple of points.
Notice this beautiful contradiction.
"The answer hit me one day as I was walking past the construction on the library. People were walking by constantly and not one of them looked up at the construction workers dangling overhead. They had become an integral and accepted part of the landscape. At that moment I knew that no one would raise an eyebrow at yet another construction worker hanging off of a rope."
Now compare to "Also, where does the buck stop? Couldn’t we blame YU security for not stopping us...?"
They were dressed as construction workers, not as students, but YU security is somehow supposed to discern that they are students? How are they supposed to manage this, with their magic and ever-ready binoculars, or are they suddenly able to fly? Although the rappellers refrain from blaming the security in this piece, in the video itself they certainly mocked it. I don't see how one could honestly put YU at fault.
I find it amazing that these four guys truly believe that they are liberating American adolescent Jewry by "bringing life and passion back into Judaism."
You want to bring back life and passion into Judaism? So there's a time and a place to do it; your idea of sailing to Australia sounds great. And I understand pranks and how cool it is to rappel off buildings at YU without getting caught. But I think the damage caused by the amount of people who heard the negative press about YU, that is, that you had managed to get away with this trick without security catching you, far outweighs the potential gain of "bringing life and passion back into Judaism." The excuse that your disobeying rules is inconsequential as compared to the fact that YU apparently doesn't do enough to control drug usage is incredibly irrelevant.
"But don’t you think it a bit of a mistake for YU to go to all this trouble to advertise that all people who now try to rappel off of Belfer will be expelled, but not to do the same thing for drug usage which is far more prevalent on campus? Would you rather students get high on Belfer or high on marijuana?"
Are you kidding me? You excuse your actions by saying- hey, it's better than doing drugs? What in the world does one have to do with the other?
You explain that your son won't be allowed to use inappropriate language, skip minyan or treat his mother with disrespect, but apparently you have no problem with him flouting school rules, dismantling emergency equipment and engaging in something that generates very public negative publicity for the school that you ostensibly thank "for an incredible education and the best three years of our lives." Wonderful way to thank a school, this; I'm sure more reports of poor security, etc were exactly what YU needed to make their day.
I find this entire interview to be ridiculous. You want to be passionate, adventurous Orthodox Jews? So for sure do it. Whether you intended it or not, however, the last part of the video, which states "With much gratitude to YU, Staff, Faculty, and Security for an Educational and Enriching Three Years" came off as mocking and contemptuous, especially as it was preceded by the question, "How does one get away with rappelling Belfer in broad daylight in the middle of the school year?" This isn't the way to bring back passion.
Just the thoughts of another "conventional Stern girl."