Posted by doninisrael (other posts) on June 19, 2017 at 05:25:25 Previous Next
In Reply to: Re: Hair on Board! posted by Native Carolinian on June 19, 2017 at 04:50:20:
Wow, thanks for the detailed explanation of the part hair plays in Orthodox Christian tradition! Most Americans have little awareness of Eastern Orthodoxy in its various forms. Of course, I have seen many Orthodox priests with long hair and untrimmed beards; they were wearing their habits (is that what you call them?), not 'civvies.' Perhaps some of the longhaired men I saw in street clothes were religious laymen as you suggest, or just everyday Greeks expressing their traditional piety.
Yes, one does see a number of Orthodox and Maronite Catholic Christians among the Arabs of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, although in the PA they're supposedly getting scarce as the PA becomes more overly Islamist and the Christians feel ever-less comfortable there (although famously, Hanan Ashrawi, a minister in their government, is a Christian as is Arafat's widow). When I go up to Jerusalem, I see them of course: priests, monks and lay people.
Many blessings to you, too! Again, thanks for chiming in!