the world news section in this week’s issue of time magazine brings us an interesting story from israel:
An altercation between an 8-year old schoolgirl and a crowd of ultra-Orthodox Jews prompted a heated debate over Israel’s national identity. The girl was spat upon and called a prostitute by a group of Haredim, or “God-fearing” believers, who deemed her shirtsleeves and skirt immodest. The incident incensed secular Israelis–already resentful because many ultra-Orthodox don’t work but instead receive government funds to pursue religious study–and highlighted growing divides in the Jewish state.
my first thought after reading this story: man, i wish i could receive government funds to pursue religious study.
my second thought: so i guess the pharisees are still around.
(and a bonus thought for the determined few, ultra-orthodox blog readers that persevered to this point…)
i’ll bet that little girl would be spat upon in some american churches i’ve visited.