Thursday, July 30, 2015

A people divided

I grew up in the South Jersey suburbs, in a Jewish community that, while far from miniscule, certainly didn't match the New York City metropolitan area in terms of either size or diversity.  We were too small to worry even about differences between Ashkenazim and Sefardim, much less with what a person covered--or didn't cover--his or her head.  When I say that there were three Conservative synagogues, one Orthodox synagogue, and one Reform synagogue in our area, I'm referring to the entire county--not a single one of these shuls was within walking distance of any of the others.  So coming to New York, and, later, becoming a blogger, really opened my eyes--it had never occurred to me that the Orthodox community might be just as fragmented among left-wing, centrist, and right-wing factions as my own Conservative one.  I'll just link to "Is Orthodoxy on Brink of Historic Schism?" without comment.


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

More fragmented. After all, the C movement has the CJLS, the Rabbinical Assembly and only 3 seminaries - there are no comparably broad institutions for all of Orthodoxy.

Thu Jul 30, 08:04:00 AM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

That's an interesting point, Larry. I hadn't thought of that.

Thu Jul 30, 12:33:00 PM 2015  
Anonymous Garnel Ironheart said...

Incomparably more fragment because when you have a system where every little belief or position matters because the entire universe rests upon it you're going to have huge in-fighting.

Mon Aug 03, 07:08:00 PM 2015  

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