Monday, May 20, 2013

When Taking Off Your Skullcap is a Sign of a Religious Renaissance

From the Economist describing the Karaite renaissance that is apparently underway:

Threatened by a two-pronged assault of assimilation and intolerance, Karaites have begun building up their own defences. Though they have no yeshivas, or religious academies, they have begun studying at home. Elders have sloughed off their skullcaps and stopped lighting candles on Friday nights, in line with a biblical injunction against burning flames on the Sabbath. 

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