I agree with Fruman that some of the practices that limit access to leavened products during Passover are problematic.
The very fact of his focus on leavened products shows that Fruman - like those young Jews in Eastern Europe - is still ensnared in the chains of religion.
To him, secularism means doing exactly the opposite of what religion ordains, and that's pathetic.
In parallel, during the 1960s, rabbis in the United States conceived Passover as a symbol of African-Americans' struggle for equality and freedom.
I understand Fruman's feelings about the prohibition against bringing food with leaven to a sick friend currently in the hospital, but is this such a huge concession? Is this such a mortal blow to his basic rights vis-à-vis solidarity and consideration of the other?
I'd very much like to eat a croissant, which I love, during Passover, but I can manage without one for a few days and not feel that my basic human rights have been violated.
If we demand the right of self-determination for the Jewish people in an independent and sovereign state, this right is also accorded to the Palestinians.
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