A few months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala to find religious freedom, a group of ultra orthodox Jews have been forced out of their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers.
Members of the haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor are slowly leaving Canada for Guatemala, effectively ending the group’s tumultuous situation in Quebec and Ontario.
A town in Guatemala has asked its Jewish residents to register with the municipality and warned that they face expulsion.
More members of the controversial haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor appear to have left Canada.
Six children from the haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor who fled Canada will be allowed to remain in Guatemala with their parents, but with conditions.
Holocause denial is neither the only one nor the oldest form of genocide denial. Turkey, Guatemala and others try to look the other way from humanity’s worst crimes.
We are taught that we are to be gracious to the stranger because we were ourselves strangers in Egypt. This is not an obscure concept; it is a central teaching of Jewish texts and of the Jewish tradition. How broad a jump is it to move from that instruction to the idea that we are prohibited from using human beings for purposes of medical experimentation unless they have given their informed consent? Too broad? Then try this: We are all of us, all human beings, created in the image of God.