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Monday, October 17, 2005

Absent morality

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, October 16:

"A skullcap is not a guarantee of any moral superiority. It is enough to take a look at the least ethical community in Israeli society, the settlers, most of whom, despite their behaviour and the extremist groups among them, wear a skullcap. There is no other group in Israeli society that tramples justice more. The fact that the leaders of the religious community almost never speak out on issues that are not religious or nationalist is serious cause for concern. Equality and human rights are not considered a value, and most of these leaders actually incite toward violating these rights. It has been a long time since a rabbi here spoke out about morality."

5 Comments:

Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I assume you are referring to the Pope's skullcap, what ever it is for. Because he is bald? Has a cold head?

Monday, October 17, 2005 12:51:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

A skullcap is no guarantee of moral superiority.

Being named Antony Loewenstein, however, is!

Monday, October 17, 2005 4:12:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Two things:

1) I keep getting flawed at how 'open' the argument is within Israel ... mainly because I have NEVER seen anything like it in the Australian Jewish News (or for that matter, the Sydney Morning Herald). And if by some miracle an article like "Fasting and shooting" did get into either of these august journals I would expect to see one hell of a hullabaloo.

2) It is sad to hear that questions of morality have all but been abandoned by rabbis. I seem to recall Angelo Rappoport saying something like: in the ancient world, one of Judaism's distinct and essential characteristics was its explicit focus on morality. How does one be a rabbi and not be seriously engaged with questions of morality?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:25:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

They are, and they've stated your morality is about the same as Saddams.

You don't know how open it is in Israel because an Australian paper hasn't informed you? Pretty stupid, don't you think? Or do you think at all? I'm beginning to wonder.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:59:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"They are, and they've stated your morality is about the same as Saddams."

Really? I haven't heard any rabbis talking about my morality at all recently. And I would love to hear more about this morality I espouse. I am quite unfamiliar with it myself.

"You don't know how open it is in Israel because an Australian paper hasn't informed you? Pretty stupid, don't you think? Or do you think at all? I'm beginning to wonder."

I was referring to the lack of debate within the Australian media - that is, it is one of the rarest things to see an opinion piece in an Australian newspaper that is as openly critical of the Australian Jewish community or the Israeli Jewish community. My point was this contrasts starkly with what seems to be the case of Israeli newspapers. I'm not a regular reader of Israeli newspapers, but I am a regular reader of Australian newspapers - this is what makes the contrast so clear and ''fresh' to me. I doubt this could be classified as "stupid". I suspect you simply misinterpreted by intention.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:30:00 am  

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