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Fanaticism


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Excess of zeal in religious matters, especially when directed against others. Judaism, like most other religions, has had to face the problem of how to achieve a balance between complete, uncompromising loyalty, pursued with enthusiasm and utter conviction, and unbridled zeal, the possessor of which ignores some of the values of the religion itself. The problem is to distinguish between religious zeal and fanaticism.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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