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    • Hannah
    • 31.12.11 | 00:27 (IST)

    Change is always frightening to some. Change cannot be stopped however and it appears that some of the ultra-orthodox community have sensibly decided the tide cannot be halted, that they have to swim with it. Similar developments have happened among Christian and Muslim communities all over the world. Swimming with the tide does not mean a wholesale sell-out to secularism, it means keeping traditions while working with and in the secular world. The violent opposition to this - for them frightening- change is small as yet. However, majorities are easily cowed into submission by violence. It is essential to curb the fanatical minorities so they will not bully a silent majority and export their Frumkeit beyond their own ranks.

    from the article: Ultra-Orthodox extremism is a reaction to growing reform in the community
    First published 06:10 30.12.11 | Last updated 06:10 30.12.11
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