What is so wicked about Jews that are stricter in their observance of Judaism? It looks funny. It is not as permissive as most of Liberal Western society. Must we all be live according to one cookie cutter. Not even all the Haredi sector in Jewish life observes Judaism uniformly and the varitions cause some Secularists confusion when they encounter that level of pluralism. Indeed, I understand the fear that there will be more Jews whose Judaism is Halachically Observant, based on a more extensive study of the Sources that is based on Revelation, rather than an historic or cultural analysis. The Reform and Conservative movements are at their wits end tryng to make themselves "relevant" to this next generation of young Jews educated under their tutelage, and discover they are not very enthusiastic about it. So . . . they fudge the Sources, cherry pick what looks good. Then again, FYI, the Hillel-Shammai thing is not that Hillel is the good cop and Shammai is the bad cop. Not so! Hlllel takes allowances for the tendancy to be self-serving and "forget" our connection to the Sacred, whereas Shammi is more ascetic, and holds to a stricter mode of observance with an emphasis on the Sacred. In "this world" where we are subject to backsliding, Hillel's approach makes more sense, but in a better world, where we are more attuned to the Sacred, Shammi's approach is self-explanatory. To be more stringent or not to be stringent is not a matter of "fundamentalism", but where we are "spiritually". In a world where material values surround us, and many are lost in endless supermarkent where there is more foolishness than good sense, sometimes a spiritual approach saves us the struggle to be "forever contemporary.".
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from the article: The creeping Jewish fundamentalism in our midst