Israeli public figures apologize to Greek patriarch for ultra-Orthodox spitting incidents

23.11.2011                      26.Cheschwan. 5772

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Israeli public figures apologize to Greek patriarch for ultra-Orthodox spitting incidents

Visit to Greek Orthodox patriarch led by Rabbis for Human Rights head.

Last Friday, a group of Jewish public figures and intellectuals paid a visit to the leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem with one simple goal in mind, asking for forgiveness. The group took the step following a report in Haaretz about two weeks ago describing the practice of some ultra-Orthodox Jewish young people of spitting when passing church clergy on the street.
One member of the delegation, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, who is general secretary of Rabbis for Human Rights, noted that on Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally atone for transgressions between themselves and God, but wrongs committed between people cannot be atoned for, even by God, until the wrongdoer asks forgiveness. Ascherman added that in contacts with Christian and Muslim clergy, his group of rabbis condemns the acts of spitting….