I was thinking in shul today - have we returned to the 17th Century? I mean, think about some of the major issues affecting the Jewish world:
- Christian Kabbalism (Philip Berg's Kabbalah Centre that appeals to the likes of Madonna)
- Massive false messianic movement - Shabtai Tzvi, which was much larger, vs. Lubavitch.
- Obsession with heresy and excommunication - Spinoza and Da Costa vs. Slifkin.
- Religious Wars - last time Catholic vs Protestant, now returning to the Crusader phenomenon of Christian vs. Muslim