by Akiva at Mystical Paths
In the US, the divide between religious, or "orthodox", Jew and the non-orthodox streams and non-religious Jew is pretty much a matter of "those people over there", just no contact and less understanding. In other countries (England and South Africa come to mind), this is less so, as interaction at the communal level holds them together in certain communal & state institutions.
But in Israel, the relationship is adversarial. It's "those people over there, who want to impose upon us" (both sides). It's nothing new that several streams within the orthodox have been reaching out to the secular (Chabad, Breslov, Aish, Shas educational, and others). But, a new phenomena is avowed secular community members intentionally coming over to "see what it's all about".
YNet has an excellent story of such an experience, here.
Thirst, not for water.
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