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MembersWho’s Afraid of New Ideas?

Jewish Orthodoxy firmly believes that their disciplined moral learning and other rituals will save Israel and the world

Judaism changes without making a fuss.
Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

Traditions don't take kindly to new ideas. New structures, inventions and concepts shake up the old. In Israel, Orthodox society, which makes up 12 percent of the Jewish population, insists on its strict tradition. These people isolate themselves from Israeli society so that they do not fall into “sin.”

Jewish Orthodoxy firmly believes that their disciplined moral learning and other rituals will save Israel and the world. And there’s no persuading them otherwise, even in the face of a deadly pandemic. From their point of view, their tradition must not be touched, especially not by people who do not obey the Jewish commandments, like Israel's secular and godless government.

But this is human and not just Jewish behavior. Such behavior can sometimes be observed in Christian circles, as well. Some churches and congregations are extremely skeptical of new ideas, thoughts and technologies. Like Orthodox Jews, they fear that such influences will diminish and eventually usurp their ideal world and tradition. Whether we like it or not, there is always social and cultural change.

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