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Old 08-13-2010, 04:04 PM
Athena Athena is offline
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Actually, the Talmud is not at all against modern law and custom. The Talmud actually requires one to obey the law of the country one lives in. Next, pray tell what is modern custom? I believe that modern custom is to live by the ethics one believes in so long as they do not contradict the law of the land one lives in, so if one believes one's ethics are based on the Talmud, then by definition one is following both modern law and custom. Many Jewish groups that are highly religious are able to reconcile having men and women live modestly, both be highly literate, educated, both to work outside of the home and to respect each other (see Bnei Akiva (for a group of mitnagdim) and Lubavitch (for a group of Hasidim)) just for two examples. Many highly religious Jewish women work as educators, doctors, lawyers, scientists and are knowledgeable both of secular and religious education and have fairly egalitarian homes, aside from a few nods to custom. In fact, in my uncle's family precedence went by age, not sex (except where a custom was binding upon men only and not upon women). My aunt was principal of a school and an educator of educators, as well as mother of three very principled, educated and religious children. Her eldest child is a nurse (and is a woman). Her middle child is an Electrical Engineer and is male. Her youngest child is a biologist (and male). The husband of her daughter is a lawyer. This couple has almost finished raising their two children. The second child is married to a Communications specialist who works in PR and they have at this point 5 kids (maybe 4, I lose track). The youngest child's wife also has something like 5 at this point and is a teacher, an educator of educators and works with her sister in law doing PR work. They all keep every law that is understood of Judaism to the best of human ability, and they have never forced their views on me during periods when I was more secular, and less oriented towards keeping all the religious laws.
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