Jews Question Their Future in Germany

I suppose you could call this post the second part of my recent post on “Immigrant Life.” Except that the stories come from German citizens who are Jewish.

This quote in particular was rather damning:

Israel’s former chief rabbi, Meir Lau, who survived Buchenwald concentration camp as a boy, recently said on Israeli radio, “It’s amazing to see that Germans are becoming sensitive to the cries of a baby. It wasn’t something I experienced in my childhood.”

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~ by crossingthebosporus on September 11, 2012.

3 Responses to “Jews Question Their Future in Germany”

  1. That the Germans, of all people should be doing this … !

    • Yes, the court’s decision (the Cologne court which sparked this whole thing) has been largely unpopular among the German public. The Chancellor and the Bundestag have both criticized the decision as well and the Bundestag is already working on enshrining the religious right to circumcision in law.

      Germany does have neo-Nazi problems (which is pretty much a Europe wide problem) although it seems as if the whole “movement” is becoming less of an organized political party and more of some underground individuals nebulously connected to each other carrying out violent acts. A far more dangerous prospect overall and one that has had some success in recruitment, especially in the former East.

      The attack on the Jewish rabbi was quite shocking. Jewish-Muslim violence is really quite rare here in Germany. Perhaps that’s because many of the Muslims here come from Turkey, which has historically been more well-disposed toward Israel. Thankfully the Muslim council here in Germany has been VERY active in condemning the attack and working against anti-Semitism. Although Salafism is somewhat new and is perhaps preying on disaffected Muslims in the same manner as the far-right is. But I’m not too familiar with Salafism and so I can’t say what their views are regarding Judaism

      But yes, the worrying issue to me seems to be state incursion on religious practices. It is a tricky area too. It’s hard to draw lines. Should the state ban headscarves? Yarmulkes? Crosses? On the other hand, there are practices that are legitimately abusive, such as honor killings, polygamy (I’m especially familiar with these abuses from my time in Utah), female genital mutilation.

      Circumcision has been a Jewish practice for longer than Germany (or any other modern state) has existed. But then of course, I suppose someone could argue that so has polygamy! So, yeah, it is one of those difficult issues and like I mentioned with my post on how we live in different stories, our perspectives have a lot of weight on the issue. But I think circumcision should be allowed on religious grounds.

  2. I agree, it is not an easy one at all. But something as crucial as this should not be banned.

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