Brave rabbi deserves praise for his actions

RABBI Ariel Abel deserves all the praise in the world for his heroic actions noted on last weekís front page.

While many within Manchesterís Orthodox Jewry shied away from taking in the person, Rabbi Abel ó and his wife ó welcomed her with open arms.

For too long, communities, such as the one in Broughton Park, have closed themselves off from the real world and tried to pretend that the outside world does not exist.

Well, sorry to tell you, but it does and itís time you woke up and smelled the kosher coffee.

There are members of our own community who are too frightened to be who they want to be, and members who are crying out to leave because of the communityís attitudes.

This closed-off attitude is going to backfire sooner rather than later and itís about time that we opened our eyes and looked at the world for what it is.

For the future of our own community, I implore those within the community to change for the better before it really is too late.

Israel Ben-Jacob,

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