|dark matter essay
what a scene! about 50 orthodox jews performing their morning prayer in the Winston Smoking Lounge (!) of Moskow Airport Terminal E, which is basically a 3x12m large glass box next to the gates 33 and 34. indeed, no fear of displaying their very specific identity - which makes most passerbys watch for some minutes. most, if not all of them, wear either a kippah or a black hat and a tallit, praying shawl, some this really awkward tefillin, i.e. two square leather boxes containing biblical verses, attached to the forehead and wound around the left arm by leather straps. most have full grown beards and beikeles, which are not at all cool, especially for those adolescent boys amongst them. but what unity! what a tribe! rereading Jewish observances online, I get the feeling, that these folks at least know where they belong to, their life organized by religious traditions from dawn to dusk and craddle to grave. but is religious fundamentalism any different from nationalism? if a group of people extends its sense of self beyond the individual at the expense of others, it lacks universal consciousness, and that is something modern man requires dearly. I don't know if he needs it more than a tribal identity though.