60% of the population of Bobruisk was Jewish before WWII. It meant a potential friction. Before the October revolution, it must have been very Orthodox. Another reason for frictions. The Orthodox Jews of Eastern Europe were way behind the modernity. Mostly poor and educated only in Torah. A big mistake. The secular and middle class Jews were handicapped by their automatic association with the Orthodox Jews. This is still burdening Israel. This is the perspective that we can not ignore even if it is sounded by Lukashenko. I know a little about. My grandfather was a decent Orthodox Jew in a small town. But many of the Orthodox people were not too openminded.
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