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Things are heating up

Me (and my hair in all its glory) in Israel circa 2006

And no, I’m not talking about the weather.

The Orthodox Jewish world is being turned on its head as conversion becomes entangled in a larger power struggle between the ultra-Orthodox and the more modern rabbinical authorities. One of the latest articles on the subject, Rabbi Benjamin Lau’sFree Israel” featured in Haaretz, takes me back to one of the worst parts of my trip to Israel. In Israel, our Jewish country of miracle, more than I ever could have imagined possible, I felt myself drowning in the thick animosity between Jews of all denominations. It was there also that I learned that even among Orthodox groups there were tensions that were quickly becoming fractures.

Can’t we all just get along?

Apparently not.

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