Someone asked me, "is Israel safe?" and I assured him that for sure in the religious Jewish community its relatively safe. And then I read this from Jacob the Jews blog. Much to my chagrin this phenomenon is turning into an ever growing problem.
Historically, there was a time when Jewish people were known to be fighters. They had laws for war, brave soldiers, warriors (Avraham, Pinchas or Phineas), and unflinching commanders (Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Barak). Then during the modern age, when Europe was where the super-power was, the Jewish people became very subdued. They lived in various shtetl (aka ghettos) and didn't have much rights and faced random pogroms at the mercy of hateful troublemakers.
Interestingly, there was also a time when, in order to get prophecy, prophets would have the music played. I've often wonder what type of music can get someone so inspired that they can even prophecy?! Even that has gone.
Slowly slowly, things are changing, I think. This is my theory. Its raw material, but I am hoping some expert analytical mind can run with it or reject it LOL.
I think Passion is returning to the klal. I think the great influx of baalei teshuva especially from western countries may have spearheaded this wider span of emotional...freedom? boundaries? These countries tend to encourage people to 'express themselves' to 'let it all out' etc.
Thinking out loud here. But this is why there are such zealots nowadays who think they can beat up on women if they don't go to the back of the bus, or this is why groups feel that they can insist -to the point of rioting- that people in living or passing through their community must dress a certain way...or face assaults.
But I think this is also how come so many new genre of music are making their way to klal Yisrael with Jewish themed lyrics.
Its like the floodgates of passion have been broken open. Now if we can harness all that flow into their proper pipes (bina)....Hmmmm..maybe that's where the straight laced Yeshivishe folks comes in?