Fundamentalism that created openness?

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Josephon Asked 4 years ago

Shalom Maran Shlita.
I do not know if the rabbi has heard about what has been happening in recent years in the unofficial community of Ba'alei Teshuvah so I will clarify in years if most Ba'alei Teshuvahs in the form of abandonment of the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle and new converts do not even enter it for the most part. (I myself am a son of Teshuvahs who defied the ultra-Orthodox) Very today seemingly modern Orthodoxy in all its characteristics however when looking at their line of thought one can see a clear fundamentalism of simple folk belief adhering to the simplistic line in halakhah and more and I wonder about a phenomenon so contradictory Fundamentalists have created such a diverse and open community, I would say that it is because of the genderless nature of the Ba'ath party and the traumas that the ultra-Orthodox world has experienced. By the way, many of the Ba'athist members I have met are religious-modern in every way.
Can the rabbi explain the phenomenon? 

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mikyab Staff Answered 4 years ago

Your description is interesting, though I do not know how much it represents (does it really “most of the answer holders”).
There are two explanatory facts here: 1. that they are becoming modern. 2. that they maintain a fundamentalist interpretation of halakhah and belief.
I'm not sure about your settings. Modern Orthodoxy is usually also associated with a more flexible halakhic interpretation. By definition, it seems to be an occupation in something for your livelihood, or a reading of poetry and literature, or an occupation in art. not clear to me.
There can be many reasons for this: getting to know another world (there is an alternative before them). Tired of over-fundamentalism (reaction to parental step on the one hand, and imitation of rebellion on the other). There are of course psychological reasons (the traumas. They did not grow up rooted in an ultra-Orthodox tradition. Their parents are also of the seeking type).
At the same time they have no other religious model because they recognize secularism or ultra-Orthodoxism. Perhaps that is why their conception of halakhah is ultra-Orthodox.
All of these explanations are possible, but the phenomenon is worth a more systematic examination.

Gideon Responded 4 years ago

Usually a repetition of an answer does not happen for intellectual reasons, (yes, I heard about the "professors" who were convinced of "values" and "dialogue") so using their minds will cause a repetition of the question again

mikyab Staff Responded 4 years ago

This is a gross generalization. Almost every step of a person consists of several planes, psychological and philosophical. But both exist both back in the answer and in the exit in the question.

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