Friday, August 03, 2007

The limits of Orthodox Halacha

Interesting letter in last week's Jewish Week by Prof. Marc B. Shapiro regarding an ostracized Neturei Kartanik:

Missing Element

The story about the fanatic Moishe Arye Friedman is missing one important element (“After Tehran, Paying A Steep Price,” July 13).

In defending their decision not to permit Friedman’s children to attend the local fervently Orthodox (and anti-Zionist) school, Friedman’s opponents have submitted to the court evidence that he is not Orthodox, a requirement for all parents who want to send their children to this school. They are correct in their assertion, as there are videos of Friedman speaking into a microphone, on Shabbat, at an Islamic anti-Israel rally.
Marc Shapiro
Scranton, Pa.

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