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    • Samuel Gurewicz
    • 16.02.10 | 08:57 (IST)

    I do not consider myself as an ultra orthodox Jew. I am a Chabad Chasid. I don't like the term "ultr" nor the term "orthodox". I don't like labeling a Jew. And I agree that Judaism belongs to all Jews, including so called "secular". But your generalizing and painting all religious Jews with one brush is troubeling. There is only a small minority of religious Jews who do not believe in being gainfully employed. There is only a handful of those who do not serve in the army. And regarding honesty, I invite you to visit the prisons in Israel. Would you find there many "ultra Orthodox" thieves, murderers, rapists etc? I don't mean to say that there are not at all, but a much smaller proportions than amongst the secular Jews. A life based on Torah, does produce more honest people.

    from the article: Shahar Ilan / Ultra-Orthodox parties are Judaism's greatest enemies
    First published 03:10 16.02.10 | Last updated 17:38 16.02.10
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