If anything is blasphemous here, it is a group of people, most of whom do not follow traditional Jewish law name-calling a community that does.
Agudath Israel, in an uncharacteristic expression of outrage, called the governor’s limits on worship “appalling to all people of religion.”
I think that our inherent optimism may figure into why parts of the Orthodox community became lax in recent months social distancing and face masks.
It’s true that Jewish religious tradition does not assign a fetus the same status as a born child. But it does not allow abortion on demand.
Orthodox Jews must set a Torah-based example for all Americans, standing for principles, not parties, and expressing ideas with civility and respect.
Concentration camps and genocide. Words that should jarringly resonate in Jewish hearts.
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, eagerly jumped on the liberal bandwagon.
So I say, dismantle — lawfully, not by mobs — the granite tributes to those whose fame lies in their championing slavery.
Are people essentially good and in minimal need of law enforcement, or is the idea of our “better angels” a fantasy?
What I hope is that when we return to our shuls, we treat them with the full respect due them, as places of prayer and study.