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    • Tosefta
    • 15.08.07 | 21:43 (IDT)

    The West expects moderate Muslim leaders to do battle with their fundamentalist brethern, telling them that they do not represent the correct and peaceful Islam. Indeed, there is a point to this expectation. Many of the fundamentalist views seem opposite to traditional Islamic views, such as the killing of innocents. What about Judaism? can it be said that the settlers' Judaism does not represent traditional Judaism? Unfortunately, the settlers DO represent traditional Jewish values. The real problem is that these values no longer fit the modern age. What can moderate Orthodox rabbis say to the settlers, that the Messiah is not coming? No way. Can they say that the settling of the Land of Israel is not of Supreme value? Can they say that dealing with the non-Jewish natives as fundamentally different from, and inferior humans as compared to Jews is not right? No, every orthodox rabbi will have to agree to that. The argument could only be based on the evaluation of the present situation based on personal opinion: Should one believe that peace is a reasonable outcome and therefore preventing it may shed Jewish life, or will more blood be shed as a result of faulty peace? Should soldiers refuse to carry out order because they are opposed to Halakha, or will refusal cause some general erosion in military discipline and this will cost lives? All these questions are too much based on personal and subjective perception as to be not compelling. Judaism has a problem with the Halakha itself, not with extremist groups and their extreme interpretation.

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    First published 00:00 15.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.08.07
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