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    • Zev Davis
    • 27.06.10 | 14:11 (IDT)

    It ain't not theocracy cuz there was no law that was violated--it was a few parents who had problems with the School rules. They could have either started a school that suited their needs, as parents who found Dati Mamlachti too resetrictive and developed Tali schools, or as in the case of parents who other alternatives, and . . . they have their own schools each based on their philosophy. The ethnic thing is as old as Galut itself. When Polish Jews reached Holland after the Chmelnitzki period in 1648-9, the Sephardim regarded them as an underclass and refused to associate with them, just as later, in Germany the Yekes, the German speaking Jews would have no dealings whatsoever with the Ostjuden, the Jews from Poland who spoke Yiddish. Among North African Jews the urbanized Jews looked down on the those Jews who lived in the villages in the mountains. If that weren't enough, the "borders were impenetrable, so that Morrocans kept away from Lybian Jews. Then too, you didn't see Iraqi Jews and Kurdish Jews mixing very much either. In India, the Bagdhadis, brought by the British "discovered" how much superior they were to the local Bene Israel. It was said, as well, that some North African Jews regarded Yemenite Jews as "bad matches" for their children. Theocracy, hardly! Old habits from Galut that separated Pailshers from Galitzianers, Chasidim from Mitnagdim, and other divisions based on local custom and history, I fear, are still with us.

    from the article: Immanuel parents: In Israel today, it's the rabbis who decide - not the courts
    First published 11:38 27.06.10 | Last updated 11:38 27.06.10
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