Saturday, December 20, 2014

Similar but Different Part 2

              (Crown Heights info: photographer Binyomin Lifshitz’s picture used for the NYposts article 2009)
The similarities in appearances among the men are striking with their wide rimmed hats and beards. The women of both cultures and religions wear head coverings, long sleeves and do not ever wear pants.  However, that is where the similarities end. 
The Amish men shave above the lips. Jewish bearded men do not.
The Amish women do not use buttons and zippers. The Jewish women do.
Amish women never cut their hair. Jewish women can, although their head is covered with a wig or other head covering.
The Amish do not use electricity.  The Jews do. 
While both Amish and Jews often do match making for marriages. Amish never divorce. Jews do, under certain circumstances.
The Amish do not have dietary restrictions. The Jews abide by Kosher dietary laws.
Most Amish live off the land as farmers. Jews do not.
The Amish believe in Jesus Christ as the main part of their belief system. The Jews do not.
There are many other differences, but these are the main ones. Similar or different...both follow a simple lifestyle, have long held traditions, and spend their lives trying to live a righteous good life.

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