Compared to a pig that extends its cloven hoof as a sign of its kashrut, the Esavite pig hides its lack of any cud-chewing apparatus deep inside itself where no one can see.
Likewise, Esav himself piously inquired as to whether salt must be tithed and always served his father with great dedication...yet ambushed and assaulted young brides in deserted fields and showed no respect for human life and even married women addicted to occult worship.
Yes, Esav was sooooo concerned with tithing salt...yet couldn't be bothered to marry a monotheist or raise Jewish children.
Fostering Abuse and Egos
Take the justice system, for example. It can condemn an innocent person to prison and let a guilty person go.
Or the foster care system. It's already a given that people who've been through the foster care system as children were likely to have been abused. Foster children are also much more likely to be given prescription drugs (and several kinds of them) to control their behavior, even as kindergartners.
Sometimes, children really do need to be removed from their biological parents. But sometimes, the decision is left to judges and social workers who aren't morally qualified nor possess the wisdom to make such decisions.
In fact, it's always a disturbing experience to meet a dysfunctional person and then discover that this person is a social worker! How can a person with such poor middot and such a warped value system of their own help children and parents in difficult and complicated situations?
And even if a social worker isn't mamash dysfunctional, I've definitely met social workers who displayed excessive self-absorption and the inability to recognize that the people who consulted with them lacked resources to which the social worker had access.
For example, one social worker with a car and an available cooperative husband would advise mothers as if they too had cars and an available cooperative husband...when they didn't. She insisted that they cultivate morning routines which for them meant shlepping around on several buses for at least on hour with a bunch of small children and a twin stroller during rush hour when the buses are crammed to overflowing...all because they lacked a car and an available cooperative husband.
"After all," boasted the social worker, "I do it!"
If the mother pointed out that she didn't have the resources the social worker had, the social worker implied that the mother simply didn't care about her children enough to sacrifice for them.
See what I mean? No brains. No heart, either.
Help Frum Parents Get Their Children Back
How dare anyone stop them from behaving deplorably and against halacha!
Yet sometimes, there are genuine incidents of discrimination against frum Jews and even a "par-for-course" miscarriage of justice.
Each situations need to be examined individually without knee-jerk reactions of uninformed onlookers who either scream "Discrimination!" or consider court judges on par with the ancient Sanhedrin.
Recently, I was made aware of a situation in England in which a frum couple had their children removed from their home.
How did this come about?
Basically, the mother turned to different services for help in being the best mother she could be. A couple of the children have special needs, which obviously demands a whole different set of skills from the mother. (And please note this family has more than one child born with special needs, which is obviously a huge challenge.) Such a situation also affects both parents on the individual level, for which additional guidance was also sought voluntarily.
As I understand it, both the parents are good decent sincere people who want to give each other and their children the best of themselves...but they needed guidance in doing so due to the unusual challenge of the situation in which they found themselves.
And then these very services that exist supposedly to assist and support families decided to take these frum Jewish children away and dump them into the foster care system to non-Jewish homes, and shortly afterward, they were transferred to Jewish homes.
This is very disturbing, and not only because anyone familiar with the foster care system knows that abuse runs rampant within and that you are placing a child at risk by placing that child within the system.
Needless to say, children are always traumatized when uprooted from their homes, even genuinely abusive homes (which is not the situation in this case). So removing a child from his or her home is not something to be done lightly.
And obviously, placing Jewish children in a situation where they'll be fed non-kosher food and transgress Shabbat is pretty harmful (although hopefully, this is not the case in the Jewish foster home where they now reside), not to mention the adjustment whenever they would go back to their family of origin.
People who know the couple and know their situation are appalled at what has happened.
(I don't personally know them, but was informed by those who do.)
One of them started a GoFundMe campaign on their behalf to get the children back.
You can see by the size of the donations, the comments, and the fact that many of the donors are willing to use their full name on the donation that people really believe in the truth of the parents' side of things.
Here is the family's Tehillim page if you'd like to say Tehillim for them is here:
Please remember that the mother initially turned to the services out of her own accord and sincere intentions in order to receive the help they claim to offer.
Then they turned on her and her family.
P.S. You can see how rotten to the core the British social welfare system is because British social workers routinely abandon British girls to Muslim traffickers and "groomers" (the most infamous being the Rotherham scandal, which involved the appalling abuse of at least 1400 minors and evidenced actual collaboration of social workers with the Muslim perps, and among other horrors, covered up the murder of a 17-year-old girl).
This is obviously not a trustworthy system.