Originally Posted by Iris
The idea is that these "traditionalist" continue to follow Jewish law and adhere to Jewish values to the letter. It is them that reflect what the religion is about, because they make literally every effort to follow it, and have not changed for hundreds of years. They continue to study every word in every Jewish text, they bend to every law physically possible to carry out what's necessary as prescribed by the Written and Oral Torah of the last few thousand years. The religion of Judaism is most strongly represented in them, their beliefs and their actions, and as those beliefs and actions are violent, hateful, egocentric, and destructive, it speaks volumes about the religion itself.
And yet people's whole lives are concentrated on finding ways to bend halacha using timers and machines that turn on shit but not really so it stays shabbos-friendly. It seems that being an orthodox Jew is about twisting the rules as much as possible.
Judaism would be so funny if it didn't ruin the lives of so many.