The Curious Case of the Frum Punk


http://punktorah.org/news/apparently-punk-and-chabad-dont-mix-in-england.htm

This story is not just a novelty- it highlights a real problem in the Jewish community: putting more value on externals, or on cautiousness, then on more subtle but perhaps more important issues. I think inclusion and compassion should trump almost every other Jewish value right now. It’s nice that the Chabadniks came over to apologize- next step give him an aliyah.

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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