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Josh Nathan-Kazis on Forward.com: "On the Train Back to Williamsburg [from the Charedi Rally at Citifield]"

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Josh Nathan-Kazis on Forward.com: "On the Train Back to Williamsburg [from the Charedi Rally at Citifield]"

"...A rabbi named Yechiel Meir Katz had drawn an implicit historical parallel in his address earlier in the evening between the rejection of Zionism by the Orthodox and the need to reject the Internet. Another speaker, Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman, underlined the point, citing Communism and Zionism as historical challenges the Jewish people had been forced overcome." 

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there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
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God damn it.

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