Monday, February 6, 2012

Update: Another Article on Gur's "Holiness" lifestyle

Ha'aretz has a follow up article [Hebrew] about Gur Hasidim's teachings on "holiness" - whereby sexuality becomes a sin, and relegated to a "procreation" only approach. The first article (my summary available here) was somewhat (though only somewhat) sympathetic to Gur - stressing the total commitment of the community to banish sexuality, and essentially become almost asexual.

This follow up article is a collection of cases of people who have left the Gur community due to the harshness of its lifestyle. They all talk of how they felt that it was suffocating, or even worse, denied them a basic need. It makes interesting reading, though I would hesitate to try and learn any wider moral from this story.

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