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    • Andrzej (andrew)
    • 14.01.12 | 01:29 (IST)

    I am a sociologist who has become fascinated with Judaism, specifically of the orthodox variation. I was raised a catholic and have always thought, and have been taught that the reason why Jewish people tended to more readily assume the role of activists and scholars as opposed to Catholics (not protestants) is because their religion is not hierarchical. With the cessation of prophets Judaism no person speaks for their God, although people can interpret God's earlier messages. This was the great equilibrium of Judaism. Rabbis only taught and studied along with the laypersons, and never dictated. Upon reading this article, it seems that things had changed, and are now set to revert back to the norm. Please excuse my ignorance (although I am interested in Judaism, I have never formally studied it). Also, please excuse my grammar/usage. English is not my first language

    from the article: The leadership vacuum facing ultra-Orthodox Jewry
    First published 03:38 13.01.12 | Last updated 03:38 13.01.12
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