ORTHO­DOX JEWS ARE NOT HYP­OCRITES

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

When I first read David Aaronovitch’s ar­ti­cle Not all hypocrisies are equal ( JC, Novem­ber 9), my first re­ac­tion was: “Good for you, Dave”. Then I reread it and wasn’t so sure. What ex­actly are th­ese hypocrisies that he ex­poses? Af­ter all, just be­cause Aaronovitch does not be­lieve in God, it doesn’t fol­low that frum peo­ple do not. In which case, what is hyp­o­crit­i­cal per se about wear­ing a shei­tel, hav­ing 16 chil­dren or sep­a­rat­ing men and women in shul?

Here’s the rub. If I could only re­cover the faith I lost al­most 40 years ago in my He­brew classes at JFS, I’d be a frum­mer, too. Why? Be­cause the real hypocrisy is this: the only rea­son Lib­er­als, for a cen­tury or so, have had a To­rah to pick and choose from is be­cause the frum­mers have ob­served it — chap­ter and verse — for the last 2,000 years. Si­mon Plat­man Le­a­bank Square, Hack­ney, Lon­don E9 Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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