I find the responses made me laugh. I think Haaretz is right to put such an article on-line, not because I may agree w/what is said w/everything in it. But sometimes ultra-Orthodox Judaism makes it so hard for any ordinary Jew to adhere that it actually drives Jews away from their G-d given heritage.Instead of bringing them closer to the fold, it actually serves to exclude. And Judaism, first and foremost, as in any moral culture, is an ethical tradition which has common principles w/all moral and ethical cultures.That is the broad foundation on which it stands. Of course one tries to improve on oneself ("temimout Yaakov")and it is said that the commandments are not so high that you need to reach for them in the sky,but very near to you. In the end, every ethical humanist tradition strives for one to do good and to wrestle w/one's evil inclinitaion. This is universal. Wisdom and compassion are not exclusively Orthodox principles.
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from the article: Shahar Ilan / Ultra-Orthodox parties are Judaism's greatest enemies