Religion & Beliefs

What are they thinking under those black hats?

Today, as the conservative movement debates gay marriage and gay ordination, (Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever linked to FOX News before!) I want to direct you all to this incredibly interesting blog! The Shaigetz describes itself as “Chassidic life … Read More

By / December 6, 2006

Today, as the conservative movement debates gay marriage and gay ordination, (Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever linked to FOX News before!) I want to direct you all to this incredibly interesting blog! The Shaigetz describes itself as “Chassidic life from one on the edge of the gefilte-fish cradle” and it’s a site we can all learn a lot from.

By a blogger within the Chassidic community, but one openminded enough to link to Muslim sites (with the disclaimer, “These are blogs by individuals proud to be Muslim yet critical of the some of the wrongs done in the name of Islam…I don't agree with some of what they say but I have to admire their courage and honesty. Recommended reading!”)

It’s not often we’re given such a clear, honest, direct voice from the far right (religiously and politically) and while you may not agree with many of the sentiments in The Shaigetz, you’d do well to check the site out if you’re trying to understand the range of perspectives in your own religious community.

For me, raised in a super-lefty intermarried family, it’s an important part of knowing what Judaism is. And it’s really interesting to see the cultural and social situations an observant Jew is faced with. Not enough to change my mind about politics (or gay rabbis), but truly worth reading.