On haredi myth

The old joke: How many Orthodox Jews does it take to change a light bulb? None! Orthodox Jews don’t change anything.

By AHARON E. WEXLER
September 28, 2017 21:25
4 minute read.
A HAREDI man holds a chicken over a baby as he performs the ‘kapparot’ ritual last year in Ashdod. M

A HAREDI man holds a chicken over a baby as he performs the ‘kapparot’ ritual last year in Ashdod. Many people are against using chickens for this ritual and instead give donations that are supposed to replace this act.. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN - REUTERS)

The haredi (ultra-Orthodox) world is built on a myth whose perpetuation not only paralyzes them as a group, but also cripples all of Judaism and the State of Israel as a whole.

The foundational myth of haredi Judaism posits that it is identical with traditional Judaism as it’s always been practiced since time immemorial.

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