The privatization, or erosion of traditional hierarchy, within the Hassidic community is a positive development - not for these communities themselves, but for their co-religionists and for Israel. It reflects the disenchantment that inevitably manifests within an ethos pre-occupied with its own piety. This entropy has served as a force for change in society through reformations, counter-reformations, and a general impulse towards examining religion with a critical eye. Rabbi's dictates come to be seen as laden exclusively with the weight of their own sanctimony, and are thus ignored. While this will rob the movement of its cohesion and clarity, it paves the way for a more pluralistic and indulgent culture to take hold that is less interested with distinguishing itself from its impious surroundings and more open to sharing with the wider human community. Rock concerts are a nice start.
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