Commentary: What I wish people knew about Orthodox Jews

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Chicago Tribune

In my life as a rabbi, it’s quite common for me to hear Jews passionately expressing their dissatisfaction with the latest portrayal of Jews in the mass media: from the Netflix film “You People” to The New York Times coverage of Hasidic schools to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s gleeful promotion of Jewish anti-LGBTQ influencer Chaya Raichik. While representations of Jews do, indeed, vary, I believe the reason my community so often gets so fired up by these depictions is that we know most people watching, reading and scrolling won’t get to witness the actual nuances of Orthodox Judaism. Having …

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