In relation to what? In relation to world wide Jewry as a whole. Israeli Sephardic Jews are a small minority of world wide Jewry. I've never heard of this guy. Frijoles has never heard of this guy. Neither of us would follow him across the street. We don't agree with what he says. His being Israeli "orthodox" means by definition that I as a US Reform Jew are against his principles. There are reasons why I am a Reform Jew, and he is one of them.<quoted text>
HughBe---Again,Yosef is considered by his followers and the wider religious society – as a MASTER sage, or Maran, and the generation’s GREATEST authority on religious law. Hence, his health is no laughing matter.
Frijoles---What wider society?
HughBe--- Answer from extract, "wider religious society "
Frijoles--- Israeli, sephardic, and religious. Pretty small, considering.
HughBe--- Pretty small in relation to what?
Quantify the "WIDER RELIGIOUS SOCIETY"
Are you really calling the "WIDER RELIGIOUS SOCIETY" plus Yosef's group "pretty small"? Tell me about the LARGE group.
Get off the cocaine.
Only 10% of American Jews are "orthodox". This study was published yesterday by the Pew group in the Washington Post:
"On one side are the reform and secular Jews who make up 65 percent of the U.S. Jewish population, sometimes joined by the 17 percent who identify with conservative Judaism. This group is more likely to worry about or criticize Israeli policies toward Palestinians. It's less likely to claim an emotional attachment to Israel and less likely still to argue that the country was promised to Jews by G-d.
"On the other side are the small minority of Orthodox Jews – about 10 percent of American Jews – joined by America's much larger community of white Evangelical Christians."
Did you see that? The Evangelical Christians are more likely to be aligned with the Orthodox than the vast number of American Jews.