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Orthodox Jews Lifting Their Fists?

posted by mkress

Point well taken, Rabbi Waxman. I pretty much agree with everything you are saying about certainty.

I just think that by focusing on this aspect of Orthodoxy we end up missing more than we uncover. The miniscule rise in Orthodox violence is just not that big or important of a story compared to the rise of Orthodoxy in general, the move toward more observant lifestyles, and a re-claiming of “traditional” forms of Jewish life and practice.

I think there is much more to talk about regarding those issues than regarding the 1 percent of Jews lifting their fists.

–Posted by Rabbi Eliyahu Stern



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Chana Silverman

posted January 8, 2007 at 11:53 am


Dear Rabbi Stern, Yes there are certainly more inportant issues to discuss than the 1% of Jews lifting their fists! It seems to me that if any reason can be found to draw a black mark on the Orthodox it will be drawn – dark and black to cast a shadow on all Orthodox Jews. hummmmm – At least most of us are using our brains enough to understand the few extreme of us do not define the whole of Orthodoxy. Of course, it is sad and disturbing. I have read on Beliefnet posts from other Jews really slaming or judging the Orthodox among us, sometimes sounding very arrogant and other times just simply not understanding or being tolerant. During a talk in a Chabad service a congregant wanted to ask the Rabbi about a Reform belief. The Rabbi would not even let the guestion be raised. The Rabbi said he would not hear anything negative about Reform Jews – said it was “Lashon Hora”. I think we are all one family wether we like each other or not – meaning, a Jew is a Jew , is a Jew, period. I do not like to hear negative stuff because I feel like I bear that in my soul also along with the joy of loving one another – it’s like what is uplifting is uplifting to us all and what is a shame, shames us all. But I guess it is important to know everything that is going on. What so we do with such knowledge Rabbi? Hide from it? Greive over it? Daven for it? There must be a “gam su la tova” in it somewhere, even if it is just a warning. Thanks for your Blog. Shalom, Chana



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D.Bucher

posted January 13, 2007 at 6:02 am


Yes,the reform seem to demand that we understand and accpet their ways,so why do we not understand the Orthodox also?And,one percent is not enough to condemn all orthodox.Not at all.



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Chana Silverman

posted January 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm


D. Thank You



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