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    • Zev Davis
    • 13.07.10 | 16:36 (IDT)

    First off, there are plenty of Haredim who work, pay taxes, and otherwise earn their own incomes. How do you explain a multi-million shekel advertisisng industry that targets them. If they lived on charity you wouldn't have it. The other thing about Haredim, and other Tradiitional forms of Judaism is that that they believe in the idea that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish People because it says so in the Bible. The Reform and Conservative movements grew out of a period when Jews were perusaded that if they took the "super" national aspects out of Judaism, and kept it stricly "national', we would manage fine among the non-Jewish people-- it was Historic. Our Laws were Historic, our very essence was Historic. Jerusalem was Historic, . . . If that's the case you can be an "Historic" Jew in North America without any existential need to live in the Land of Israel. Many Jews in North America feel that way and likely will not go on Aliya. That, my friend, leaves you with the crazy Jews who insist in beleiving that our Forefather Abraham did what God told him to do and went forth to the Land of Canaan because that was where he, and his children were going to live. If you, Mr. Dan, can convince these Historic Jews that the promise that God made to our Forefather Abraham was not just Historic, then maybe they will come. Until then, you will have to stuck with those "superstitious" Haredim, and otherwise Traditional Jews.

    from the article: Reform rabbi: Israel's pluralism threatened by new conversion law
    First published 00:55 13.07.10 | Last updated 00:55 13.07.10
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