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Ignoring the diversity of Judaism

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Submitted by Julia Baskin (United States), Jun 26, 2006 at 12:06

While I thought this article was extremely interesting, and for the most part non-biased and accurate, I was a little bothered by the fact that Judaism was described as one-dimensional. For the past century (roughly) the definition of Judaism has expanded to include many different sects and branches. While some believe that Orthodox Judaism (the branch that strictly adheres to the Halakcha and is most similar to the Judaism described in this article) is the only legitimate form of Judaism, many now subscribe to forms of the faith which do not focus as intensely on executing the Halakcha verbatim. I would have liked some clarification in this article, a note saying that though Orthodox Judaism may be the form of Judaism that resembles classical Islam the most, it is indeed only one form of the diverse religion that exists today.

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