What's with these misleading captions? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Amram
    • 26.09.11 | 06:04 (IDT)

    Haaretz editors - why do you identify the man carrying the Torah in this photo as an "ultra-orthodox Jewish man"? If you look, his head and face are completely shaven, and he's wearing bluejeans. It's a clear example of the kind of shortsighted misrepresentation in the media of Jews and Judaism that perpetuates a misconstrued image. I don't know who this guy is, but part of the beauty and power of Uman is that it attracts Jews of all walks of life, spanning the entirety of the religious and non-religious spectrum. You would do better to put a single sentence about this in your article than to blindly assign labels to the people whom you are reporting about. Please pay attention to the varieties of religious expression, even if you don't really want to at first. It could do a lot to broaden people's (yourself included) understanding of and appreciation for what we as a people are about. Shana tova

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    First published 00:31 26.09.11 | Last updated 00:31 26.09.11
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