[Marxism] Breaking with sectarianism

Paul Flewers rfls12802 at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon May 25 05:14:24 MDT 2009

Re Lou P's comments and quotation re the Hasidim: 'The film has been
described as a "recruiting" tool for their movement since the Hasids come
across as a genuinely blissful group. They love their rabbis, they love
their children and nobody gets divorced. Just to provide some balance, the
film grapples with the problem of the subordination of women.'

Here in London there is an ultra-orthodox community -- or, to put it better,
communities, as they are in various rival groupings each with its own shul
and associated institutions. They do tend to keep themselves isolated from
everyone else, including other Jews, and many of the men work in the
jewellery trade in Hatton Garden. 

There was a nasty episode a few years back when a Hasidic woman went
'outside the community' to complain to the local authorities about a case a
child abuse, and was rewarded for so doing by her 'community' by having her
house pelted with stones and brickbats. This got into the national press at
the time. The Jewish Socialist magazine, in its satirical column 'Don't Ask
the Rabbi', carried a naughty piece about how the stoning should be done:
that men could throw stones at the front of the house; women and children
could throw stones only at the side of the house, but if this happened, the
men must keep their gaze averted, which made throwing stones a little
difficult, and so on. 

Paul F

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