Sunday, August 16, 2015
How Charedim and Non-Charedim Perceive Each Others' Perception Of Them
How do charedim perceive how non-charedim perceive them? I've seen some charedim who are under the impression that non-charedim see charedim as being more religious to them and living closer to God's will. That's definitely true of some non-charedim, but it's definitely not true of all non-charedim. Many religious-Zionist and centrist Orthodox Jews perceive charedim as being much further from the ratzon Hashem - as having a flawed theological perspective, and concentrating their religious efforts in the wrong areas at the expense of important duties.
This came to my mind when I recently heard a newly-charedi person lament that his centrist Orthodox parents were not enamored of his new path in life. He couldn't understand it - surely they believed in Judaism, and wasn't he being a better Jew? It did not occur to him that, no, they did not think that raising your children to only learn in yeshivah, to avoid army service and to be incapable and unwilling to support their families, makes you into better Jews.
Posted by Natan Slifkin