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10:42 AM on 02/15/2013
When in Rome, do as the Romans. When you are in another country, even if you may not agree with the laws of the land. You have an obligation to obey them. We don't take kindly to foreigners coming into our country and thumbing their noses at our laws. They are disrespectful and an embarrassment to American tourists everywhere. Has nothing to do with religion. It is a lack of respect for their host nation.
10:42 AM on 02/15/2013
The lack of tolerance shown is like a jewish vesion of the Taliban.
10:38 AM on 02/15/2013
And, as for the intolerance toward women, muslims most certainly aren't the only ones with issues.
10:37 AM on 02/15/2013
I cannot stand organized religion. The fact that each of them thinks they have the answers and a direct line to God is a completely absurd idea. We will not be truly civilized until we have freedom from ALL religion.
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10:32 AM on 02/17/2013
AMEN!!
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unebaiser
Walk backwards in the daylight.
03:42 PM on 02/17/2013
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10:34 AM on 02/15/2013
I don't know how much equality was involved in the actions of this small self-appointed group, but lack of respect was the quality more readily apparent here.

Was it a call for true equality or was it simply a resentful finger in the eye?

Was it an act of exemplary enlightenment or was it just a rudely calculated thumbing of the nose?

This group knew full well that their action would generate an indignant response, and just what bigger point was at stake? That self-dissatisfied women could get a rise and draw attention to themselves when it was apparent that they were willing to trample on an age-old, quietly pious tradition?

If that's how our age would now define heroism and bravery of conscience, then truly what a fine new set of clothes the emperor has!
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donstillings
10:37 AM on 02/15/2013
They stand in opposition to a fascist government. Apparently you stand with it.
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11:44 AM on 02/15/2013
I'm no friend of Netanyahu, but one should be a little more circumspect where ancient pieties are concerned, since, contrary to many current assumptions, respect is a two-way street.

I realize that we live in an age when many assume that they have a God-given right (no pun here!) to 'follow their conscience' even if it means conducting small-scale guerrilla acts of outrage at the expense of more fruitful, large-scale activities which aim at internal reform and renewal. The let's-shock-the-majority tactical approach is still the preeminent characteristic of the pretender.

The liberal sees it as his holy mission to change the conservative (or else!), but who changes the liberal? To which scrutiny does the liberal submit? Does the liberal recognize any higher authority than his own omnipotent conscience?
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01:24 PM on 02/15/2013
The same could be said about Rosa Parks, the womens' suffrage movement, and the civil rights movement.
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01:43 PM on 02/15/2013
Ah, the inevitable making of the moral equivalency argument.

Liberals always trot it out whenever anyone questions the either legitimacy or the motives of the latest activist hijinks, regardless of the cause. What better way to brush aside any possible objection or critical qualifications when it can just be argued that Silverman and her crew are in the same league with the Birmingham marchers.

It works every time!
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PAIX911
Honni soit qui mal y pense
10:18 AM on 02/15/2013
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IS NEEDED OF ALL FAITHS

Reading this article one can only sympathize with these women. Yje extreme orthodoxy does not stop there. One might wonder why American Jews who accept the ingerance of religion into government affairs and vice versa in Israel would then decry symbols even remotely alluding to Jesus's birth in our country - from Christmas trees to the usage of the word God in our Constitution, a moment of silence in our public schools or a nativity scene on the lawn of the town square. It would be simply so much more sensible to bring the Star of David and crown our tree with it, put it over the manger as a guiding star to the three kings, and put in our classrooms the symbols of all students represented faiths - a cross, a star, a crescent, a Buda, and an elephant because in the end we are all children of God. Lets exclude no one and simply share those symbols of our deeply held faiths in public places and rejoice as one loving and united family. Put God back in our lives - there is only one God for all of us that I am aware.
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Savannah5
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10:15 AM on 02/15/2013
This is so wrong. When is Israel going to grant equality for women? The Ultra-Orthodox is not the majority, but they have the power behind them.
I want Women, Reform and Conservative Jews to have equal rights in Israel.
10:52 AM on 02/15/2013
How they run their country and their religions is really none of our concern and the US should stay out of it. That is why so many countries hate Americans..too many of us think we have the right to stick our noses in their business. If the people of Israel are unhappy then they are the ones who need to change it and we need to respect that and butt out.
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Savannah5
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11:45 AM on 02/15/2013
As a Jew, Israel is my business.Israel belongs to all Jews. It is our spiritual home, regardless of where we live.
You aren't Jewish so perhaps you don't understand.
At Passover, every Jew says Next Year in Jerusalem. We mean it in a spiritual context.
Don't get mad at me. I am just explaining myself.
10:11 AM on 02/15/2013
Congratulations, you got arrested. The only point you proved is Israeli police aren't going to put up with you breaking they're laws. You also made American tourists look like D**ks.
10:32 AM on 02/15/2013
Their, not they're
09:53 AM on 02/15/2013
Equality is a lovely, secular western value. It is NOT a Jewish value. It's something that belongs in schools, the work place, government. There are hundreds of Reform and Conservative "temples" and synagogues where the standards of acceptability are communal, not halachic/traditional. Religion is not about me-me-me in the now-now-now. If you don't like orthodoxy, go to one of the lovely Reform "temples".
09:51 AM on 02/15/2013
If you listened to the video interview, she stated in advance she was going to get arrested. How is someone intentionally rocking the boat to intentionally get arrested news?
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09:41 AM on 02/15/2013
Bravo! I cried when I was six years old because I ran down in shul to sit on my grandfathers knee like I did at home but I was dragged away screaming because females weren't allowed
in the better seats...in the front of the synogogue....in the men's section.
Bravo to the Silverman family ... It made me "feel" the 60's all over again. Keep it up.
Weather it's water hoses or strip searches, don't give in. The war against women is very
much alive there and here in the States.
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Savannah5
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10:16 AM on 02/15/2013
BelaBela222, thank you, thank you, thank you!
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irishlion7
09:34 AM on 02/15/2013
Since I am not of the Jewish Faith my opinion may not be welcomed. But Isreal declares its self a Democracy. But allows a Religious sect to have emmence powere over the courts and what can and cannot be down withing the state of Isreal. By allowwing this one religios sect to comand such power thn they country they can not claim Democracy for they are not. Since much of there policy is based on the belifs of there more othodox sects then they should declare themseves as a religious stte that does not follow the rules of acepted society as regards equality or justice.
09:24 AM on 02/15/2013
Why is this news? If this was done by a regular person who wasn't the sibling of a supposed celebrity this would most defininitely rate as news.
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09:22 AM on 02/15/2013
Why religions are so silly?
God doesn't care what you wear when you pray, or where you are when you pray, as long you are sincere and put your heart and soul in it.
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rockum
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10:19 AM on 02/15/2013
That is YOUR religion.
10:19 AM on 02/15/2013
This story is silly and it is not news and indicative of huff post. These individuals went to the wall soley to be arrested, and promote their views. Huff Post legtimitzed the purpose of their visit.
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GypsyRobin
Time to investigate "Baby Brokers"!
05:58 PM on 02/18/2013
Er no. They went there to PRAY just the same as the men who are "allowed" to pray there whereas women are denied because of the attitutdes of a bunch of men.
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Euglena Vorticella
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09:14 AM on 02/15/2013
When isolated people have delusional beliefs, it's labeled mental illness.
When limited numbers of people have shared delusional beliefs, it's labeled a cult.
When large numbers of people have shared delusional beliefs, it's labeled a religion.
08:15 AM on 02/18/2013
Euglena....this is absolutely the most perfect analysis of religion that I have ever seen or read.
Well done.
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Euglena Vorticella
Now we toss our HALLMARK apparel!
08:28 AM on 02/18/2013
Thank you, but I can't take credit, I don't remember where I found it,, I use it often.