Monday, December 26, 2005

Derech Eretz - good for those who have it

The following is a true story:

A bit more than one week ago, in a Jewish community in a nice European city, a group of about 18-19 years old religious Jewish girls decided to go to have fun on motzei shabbos by going to an ice rink. It was almost a week left till Saturday, so they made their plans. They talked about it several times during the week again. So after Havdala they prepared and set out to have fun on the ice... only to discover the ice rink was closed for Xmas.

This is completely serious. The city is not Antwerpen. The girls are pursuing a secular education at university. And they're not aware of a major public holiday, which also happens to be a religious holiday for the majority of their city's population. Within a week's advance they didn't notice it.

Isolationism is a serious danger to Judaism. Going back to the ghetto shouldn't be our future. Throughout centuries, millennia even, we have managed to practise Judaism in the respective epoques, we shouldn't amishize now.


At 10:55 PM, January 01, 2006, Blogger Tamara said...

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At 3:06 PM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Hayim said...

did they try to go Motsae Shabbes the week after ?


They aren't so many places in europe where you can be so isolated. Paris or London, but my guess if the former. No ?

At 7:05 AM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Tamara said...

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