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Orthodox Yes, Suckers No

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Once upon a time, there were three major streams of Judaism – Orthodox, Reform and Conservative. In Israel there arose another stream – the indulgent stream. This stream, a mentally disturbed version of the Orthodox stream, decided, or so it seems, that mitzvah observance was a little difficult, and thus it decided to share it with others.

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It’s actually pretty weird. After all, when a person decides to become Orthodox, he knows perfectly well that he’s taking upon himself a whole system of obligations and prohibitions. A long list of actions, foods, pleasures and behaviors will be totally forbidden to him. For example, he cannot be a chef in a seafood restaurant, eat Hungarian salami or be a steward on Lufthansa, a masseuse at a spa, a pig-leather gloves merchant, a hired killer, an astrologer, a nudist or a Shabbos goy, and if he’s one of the ultra-holy he will also be forbidden to go the opera, study in a “mixed” classroom or spend time in the company of women – and that’s just a very partial list.


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