For the first time ever, the prime minister of Israel is a formally religious man, wearing a traditional “kippah” (the Jewish religious head cover). He wouldn’t work during the Sabbath, unless some emergency life-saving issues. He prays several times a day as required. He eats only kosher food.
Yet, members of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli parliament blame him for allegedly being “anti-religious”. They even bother to follow bad things that happen (such as the COVID-19 fourth wave) with explaining about a sort of “punishment” by God.
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The thing is, Mr. Bennet represents one of many trends in modern religious Judaism, and there’s no reason to prefer one over the other – unless your own trend is a different one. In fact, there are also bitter wars among opposing trends of many ultra-Orthodox groups.
It’s amazing how “God’s words” can be translated into so many different interpretations, each pretends to be the exact truth and nothing but the truth. Come to think of it, it’s basically the same within Christianity, Islam, and between them and Judaism as well.