It’s really shitty when people assume you are not Jewish because you are not halachically observant. I love Jerusalem, but this issue is unpleasant for secular Jews who live here- particularly for women. In the US, Jews blend in, they hide in plain sight. American Jewry is fully assimilated, yet owns up to their Jewish identity when it comes up. Israel is the Jewish state. There is no assimilation, we are all Jews. Jerusalem suffers from an inner Jewish identity phenomenon. The notion that being Jewish is a religious expression determined by the costume we wear. This is shtetl mentality because it thrives on an insular, noninclusive ideology. There were no wigs or kippahs at Sinai. I fully embrace all Jews and would never ask the Haredim to change anything about their ritual practice. Yet it saddens me that I am marginalized simply because my Judaism is not cloaked in trappings.
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