The Affair

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    • Frieda Vizel
      Posted at 12:57h, 30 April Reply

      Ehh, I don’t find it convincing.

      It’s this type of essay that we see in other communities too — everything is changing, it’s ending, it’s over!

      The piece is absolutely correct that the Orthodox community is struggling with the virus. And of course that the temptation for screens is great. But it’s not a very insightful analysis of how the Orthodox community is changing in response to the struggles.

      For instance, I know that a lot of Hasidic people have become more pious as a result of the coronavirus. I also know that a lot of Hasidic people feel more persecuted, and are looking back to moments in history when Jews had to hide to worship, so there is a kind of renewed sense of the fight to survive, which can fueled more “warmth”. And the article says that trust in science is growing – I don’t see any reason to believe this. Hasidim already trusted the medical profession tremendously.

      I think there are going to be interesting effects of the virus and lockdown. The children will be more exposed (they are watching more, right?) and they’ll have spent more time with their families than usual. But how this will change the community takes a more substantial analysis. And to some degree, we can only guess… Life has a way of surprising us!

    • Frieda Vizel
      Posted at 13:14h, 30 April Reply

      By the way, to anyone else reading, this comment has absolutely no relation to the post — which is a short piece of fiction that I wrote a couple of years ago. I’m planning to share some stuff from my drafts with my patrons while I figure out how to make the promised podcast happen.

      I might do a post on covid in the community, but I might also not.

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