In the late '40s and into the '50s in North Africa, there was a certain degree of French influence, especially from the Alliance schools, where boys and girls learned together, spoke French, and . . . well found a middle ground. There were, other Jewish leaders, more Halachically Observant, that felt as Traditional as Alliance might be, it was "too French". That being said, young people in the big cities were known to listen to their parents recite the Kiddush, eat their Shabbat meal, and politely leave the table. Where did they go?. Did they eat kosher food? The parents understood that as long as they weren't disrespectful, that was the least they might expect. Yes, this was form of compromise. What I fear Mr. Hasit forgets, is that North American non-Halachic Jews are not always as discrete as North African Jews were. It's got's to be "in da face", or not at all. For some, Jews if they don't show thier "irreligious muscles" they haven't proven their point. Yes, Virginia, even in inter-war Warsaw, you know "things", but you kept them to yourself. That a busness man may have had dealings with Polish non-Jews and they met "somewhere", that place was sub rosa. Yes, Mr. Hasit, we need to compromise, but as long as we have a Tradition, it should be respected at the outset, before it reaches any kind of confrontation.
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