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    • Tony
    • 16.02.10 | 10:04 (IST)

    King David was not Hassid or Haredi. He didn't a fur hat or overcoat. His wives did not wear wigs. While Haredi and Hassidim may have developed a culture, it is more similar to the culture of the Amish in America than of biblical era Jews. In truth Jews always argued over the practice of the religion. Let us not forget that the Jews are a nation, and Judaism its religion. These are two distinct and different things. Israel makes a mistake cowtowing to the ultra orthodox - even they don't all agree on liturgy or practice of Judaism and often they chase "secular" Jews away from Torah as they develop an insular society. They can and should do more to show Jews how Torah is relevant to a modern world. It is. Black overcoats are not (unless you are in a snowstorm).

    from the article: Shahar Ilan / Ultra-Orthodox parties are Judaism's greatest enemies
    First published 03:10 16.02.10 | Last updated 17:38 16.02.10
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