Young Goodman Brown
I am not talking about people like the (no longer blogging) Godol Hador which are bringing up complex theological issues. No, I am talking about Orthodox Jews that seem to cheat on their spouses, break laws of Kashrut and Shabbos, and in general have lost their faith.
What bothers me the most about this is not their personal lapses, but the fact that in a free country, where they can openly choose to be whatever they like to be, they choose to be "crypto-sinners" and still identify as Orthodox. I understand that it is hard to break free of a way of life, leave a community, but it seems to me it is still better than living a lie.
Most importantly, my family has made many very difficult choices when we became observant. Am I bringing myself and my kids into a society where under a facade of piety, lies a foundation of falsehood. How many of the "frum" are secretly not?
This reminds me of a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that I read twenty years ago that really made an impression on me - "Young Goodman Brown". Am I Goodman Brown?