Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Delegitimizing the Holy

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

I know I know, with Jews being killed for being Jewish, with Jewish civilians under constant missile attack, with the bodies of holy young Jewish teens still warm in the ground, lets put on the air a segment delegitimizing Jewish Torah lifestyle. We'll find a conflict that seems crazy in an American context and HIGHLIGHT IT...

NPR Radio - Jewish Cultures Clash

(The picture is of the supermarket Shefa Shuk in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef, with their Purim stock on display.)

Good news, these are clear signs of Moshiach right out of the Gemorah.

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  1. I hate to be cynical but I've heard from several people that Ramat Bet Shemesh is famous for the Shabbos Stone Throwers.
    I really hope that the majority of the people who reside there are not fanatic to that extent (and stupid!) but I can't help but wonder what the owner of the photographed store would do if a non-observant Jewish woman who doesn't know any better, with exposed elbows and pants walked into his store to buy some formula for her baby. Would she get kicked out?

  2. What I meant to say above was that I personally don't agree with posting such a sign in a store. By saying that you don't want any immodestly dressed women in the store, you're basically saying that you don't want any irreligious customers. Is that what we want? Do we want all stores nationwide not to sell groceries to any irreligious people? Yeah... that would be a great Kiddush Hashem. Whatever happened to accepting them and trying to help them come closer to Hashem? I personally have a program once a week where I host around 10 young men at my house who are what we call "teens at risk". We eat, chat, laugh and discuss matters of Torah. Many of them are not Shabbat observant. Should I kick them out? If a woman walks into the store wearing a bathing suit, then I can understand. But if she walks into the store wearing common clothing, then it's the weakness of the store owner that is the cause for putting up such a sign. The irreligious whom lack Torah knowledge have a right to buy bread and water too! Maybe if they hang around long enough, they'll learn a lesson or two as well. Bottom line... I'm not impressed.

  3. anonymous - those are valid points and valid discussion. Culture clash in Israel is real and is serious, and whether such a thing is an appropriate approach SHOULD be discussed. However, we should not ignore the timing of such a news story, nor whether it's presented in purely American terms.

    For example, the story could just as well have been presented "A Religious Community Struggles Against Immodest Incursions".

  4. Modest is fine, but who's standards? One must wear a Jewish burka? We have a heck of a lot bigger problems then this version of 'spilling the seed'!! Damn will we ever wake up, I sadly doubt it. I completely understand why so many Jews run from Torah when it's been so misrepresented by erev rav for so many years. As a dog returns to his vomit so does a fool return to his foolishness. We better wake up, and that goes for all the power hungry rabbi's.


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