Three weeks, ago, in the wake of the massacre at Merkaz HaRav, I posted an inspiring story about one of the victims, Doron Mahareta.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from a young member of the Merkaz HaRav faculty (the son of one of my oldest friends), who told me that aside from Doron being a big Lamdan, the story was untrue. He actually was a graduate of Kfar HaRo'eh and was, ab initio, a regular student at Merkaz.
Aside from providing another example of why one should be wary of the internet (irrespective of who provides the information), I am troubled by the story for other reasons. First, it is not so slightly tinged with racism (either on the part of Merkaz or the narrator). Second, it raises the larger question of hagiography and history (wie es eigentlich gewesen ist). Are sacred forgeries of any value? This, of course, is exactly the type of question that has been discussed by JJ Schacter, Marc Shapiro and contributers to the Seforim blog. The expansion of the internet, though, opens up new dimensions that should give us all serious pause.