The Tale of @TorahJudaism: a cautionary story of online identity

In the vast and varied world of social media, where anyone can be anyone, there’s a story that stands out for its intrigue and lessons learned. It’s the story of Torah Judaism, @TorahJudaism on X, that claimed to represent Haredi Judaism but was later revealed to be something entirely different.

The first clues something was off

When @TorahJudaism first appeared, it caught the eye of many for its bold claims and positions on Judaism, Israel, and Zionism. But something didn’t quite add up. For starters, the account was active during Shabbat, a time when observant Jews refrain from using electronics. This was the first red flag that made people question who was really behind the account.

Then there was the issue with names. The account disrespected important figures in the Jewish community by not using the proper honorifics, a big no-no in Jewish culture. It’s like calling your teacher by their first name without permission – it just isn’t done.

The plot thickens

As people dug deeper, more inconsistencies surfaced. The account made some major blunders about Jewish holidays and beliefs. For instance, it posted during significant religious holidays when observant Jews would be offline and made statements about the land of Israel that didn’t align with Jewish teachings. Even the way they referred to revered rabbis and used religious texts was all wrong.

One of the most bizarre findings was their use of Turkish Wikipedia for information on Judaism, translated into English. This was a dead giveaway that the person or people behind the account weren’t who they claimed to be. It’s like trying to learn about baseball from a soccer manual – the essence just gets lost in translation.

The reveal

Eventually, it came out that the account was run by a team that included Turkish Muslims, not the Haredi Jews they pretend to be.

What we can learn

The @TorahJudaism story is more than just a curious case of online impersonation; it’s a lesson on the importance of critical thinking and scrutiny in the digital age. It reminds us to question and verify the sources of what we read online, especially when it comes to matters of faith and identity.

It also highlights how easy it is for anyone to pretend to be something they’re not on social media. This can lead to misinformation and misunderstandings, which is why it’s crucial for communities to protect their traditions and for individuals to approach online content with a discerning eye.

With grateful thanks to one of our Haredi followers @Shevreshtus on x