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A Yeshiva is an institution, a school, that focuses on the teaching of the books of Judaism such as the Torah. In some places, like New York City, for example, they are private religious schools that replace public school requirements for Jewish children. But, religious schools are really not that unusual in this country, right? I mean we have Catholic schools and Christian schools so what is the problem. Well, it seems that the primary thing taught at the Yeshivas is Orthodox Judaism, not academics. According to an article in the New York Times by Eliza Shapiro, there are children in their last year of some of these school who do not even know that there was a civil war or that dinosaurs once roamed the earth.
According to the article, this is a problem that has been under investigation by the mayor’s office since 2015 but apparently has been in a holding pattern. The problem, it seems, is the very large voting bloc of orthodox Jews in the city that threatens any politician that intend to change their system. However, with some 57,000 students being deprived of a secular education the state has started bringing pressure on the city to move further. The state recently changed the rules on how private schools operate and demanded that the city inspect all private schools to assure compliance.
An interesting point about this problem is that it primarily applies to boys and it often leaves them with an education that has not prepared them for any type of job after they graduate. Most of the boys say they spend almost all of their school day studying Jewish texts and not secular materials.
Sounding much like the evangelicals and Southern Baptists an attorney for Educational and Religious liberty in Schools claims, “The intrusive set of requirements imposed by the state demolishes the wall between church and state that politicians have hidden behind for decades.”
My being from Alabama makes me wonder just what in the hell is going on in this country today. Here in the ultraconservative South, we expect this kind of nonsense, but what the hell, in New York City? Of course, that is the same place that sent us the orange-headed numb nuts that calls himself president now. Maybe it is time we reconsidered this division of the United States.
We may need to separate this land into three or four parts. Those with brains and know how to use them the right way (Us). Those with brains but no idea how to use them (Republican Congress). Those small brains that like to pretend they know what they are doing (Trump). And, lastly, those that traded their brains in for religion (Anyone else that believes that there is an afterlife).
Then, and only then, we build a wall.