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What We Can Learn from Kit Kat

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So it is with the religious world. The truth is that the media, including of course much of the Jewish media, just loves to highlight religious shortcomings. It’s a kind of guilt compensation to point out the failures of the religious world to feel better about one’s own religious neglect. There is what to find fault with, of course. Where isn’t there? And of course the interesting story is “Young Man Pushes Old Lady Off Bus”, not “Young Man Help Old Lady Onto Bus”. It’s also true that the interesting story is not “Thug Gets Involved With Gang Violence”, but “Guys Who Go Around Making Everyone Else Struggle Under a Burden Of Guilt, Poverty, and Oppression Take Whatever They Want for Themselves, Whenever They Want It”. It’s the hypocrisy.

But the religious world needs to fight back constructively. The game is played like this: Highlight the shortcomings of the Charedi world. In reaction the Charedi world excoriates the corruption and decadence of the secular. No one hears about the good qualities of either.

Just as once the religious communities employed “Shtadlanim”, men who made contact with the non-Jewish powers and interceded with them on behalf of Jewish communities, now we have lobbyists in Washington and Brussels. And the process goes both ways. Both sides benefit. At last one is seeing blogs and articles by Charedim in the wider press criticizing their own shortcomings and taking responsibility for trying to change from within.

About the Author: Jeremy Rosen is an Orthodox rabbi, author, and lecturer, and the congregational rabbi of the Persian Jewish Center of New York. He is best known for advocating an approach to Jewish life that is open to the benefits of modernity and tolerant of individual variations while remaining committed to halacha (Jewish law). His articles and weekly column appear in publications in several countries, including the Jewish Telegraph and the London Jewish News, and he often comments on religious issues on the BBC.


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6 Responses to “What We Can Learn from Kit Kat”

  1. First its a really great version of the Android OS… What else is there?

  2. Anthony Kent says:

    "Israel has refused to try to understand Palestinian anger.". what was Camp David with Clinton and Arafat? Scotch mist.

    Professor Robert Aumann received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for his great paper "the Blackmailer Paradox." Your opponent wants 100% whatever you offer. Israel is not totally burying its head in the sand. The other side at least needs to take theirs out.

  3. Steve Moyer says:

    "Israel has refused to try to understand Palestinian anger. Name me anyone who likes being occupied."
    Occupied? You use that word but I don't think you know what it means. Israel isn't occupying the land – Israel IS the land. At the most there are disputed claims to the land but not one inch is occupied.

  4. Jeremy Rosen, you jackass. How did you ever get to write this article? It's palestinians that are occupying Israel.

  5. It is very easy to understand…ISRAEL is the land…the Palestinians are the occupiers…they can stay if they want to live in peace and share…or they can just leave if they don't…very simple…ISRAEL is the PROMISED LAND with its constitution…our TORAH!

  6. Michael G. Meyer says:

    I stand with ISRAEL

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