Attacking and spitting on a child is wrong, wrong wrong. We are meant to be a light onto the nations, and not in the headlines of the New York Times for such unbelievably appalling behavior.
Just as not every white person is a member of the Ku Klux Klan, not every Charedi is guilty by association for the despicable acts of a few. It’s somehow become that the seeming silence is being mistaken for agreement with a small but vocal minority. It is not.
While we are only human, one of the main things that religious Jews strive for is to make a Kiddush Hashem- To sanctify the name of G-d by doing the right thing.
This is Israel, a Jewish democracy. Israel is not Iran. We have our beliefs which we believe to be correct. However, it goes without saying that we respect others who choose to live life differently.
Knowing I am sometimes quoted in the media for my business expertise, I was asked if I would be willing to appear on CNN to give the Charedi view about “segregated bussing”. I declined. I have no interest in starting up with a bunch of hooligans, who are have decided that the laws of the Torah as the leading rabbis understand it is not enough, and taking matters into their own hands. Even if we share the same dress code!
When I get on a plane, I try my best not to sit next to a woman who is not a family member. And, in business, I don’t shake hands with women either. I always do my best to be gracious and explain that it is a religious issue for me, and have sometimes stood or given up a choice seat for a worse one in order to have my religious needs accommodated.
Most of us don’t read secular media at all. The seemingly muted response should not be seen as agreement, but rather as taking in a different medium within the Charedi world itself.
I am not the spokesmen for Charedi Jewry- but I am a member of that segment of society, and proudly so. That said- this turn of events does not represent me, nor 99.9% of the people I know.
Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg - is a business consultant and Jerusalem Post columnist. He is an awardee of the Inc. Magazine entrepreneur of the year designation.
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