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Tuesday Discussion: Haredim and Baseless Hatred

July 9, 2013 – 11:48 am6 Comments

From the editor:

haredim2Welcome to the Tuesday discussion.

We’re in the nine day period, counting down to Tisha B’Av. We’re told every year around this time that the temples’ destruction was due to baseless hatred between Jewish groups. Every year, parallels are drawn between those ancient hatreds and today’s divisions – the most obvious being between Haredim and non-Haredim.

There is currently an imbroglio surrounding Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’s critique of Haredi isolationism. Information on the controversy can be read here, here, and here.

The question for today’s discussion: On whom is the onus to bridge the gap between Haredim and non-Haredim? Is such a bridge even possible?

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