When some haredi rabbis prohibit victims of child sexual abuse within their congregations from reporting the crime to police, and thus protect the abuser so he can go on to abuse other children, are these rabbis practicing Judiasm? When the victims and their families report the abuse anyway and they are vilified, shunned and threatened by the haredi community, are these Haredim practicing Judaism? When the haredi community marginalize women in so many ways, are they practicing Judaism? When haredi rabbis refuse to stop the practice of MBP even though it violates modern accepted sanitary practices and could be harmful to newborns, are they practicing Judaism? In all of the above cases, I think not. Real Judaism is focused on how one frets his fellow man, and not on the minutiae of daily living.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)