Orthodox Jews Host Amish Walking Tour of NYC
Orthodox Jews in New York City took Pennsylvania Amish on a walking tour of their world Tuesday, AP reports.
Orthodox Jews in New York City said that the two groups share a similar-simple lifestyles based of the bible's teachings.
"It's reinforcing to the Amish community to see us Jews living the way the Bible says Jews are supposed to live, and have lived since the time of Moses and Abraham," said Yisroel Ber Kaplan, program director for the Chassidic Discovery Center in Brooklyn.
The orthodox Jews showed the Amish around the predominant-Jewish community of Crown Heights, where, similar to the Amish, residents limit travel and electricity use on the sabbath.
The similarities between the group was so prominent that some residents of Crown Heights even mistook the Amish for Jews. However their skin is a little more tan an rugged from working in the sun.
Although similarities were apparent, substance may have been lacking, according to John Lapp and his wife Priscilla.
"In some things we are alike, like our clothing and our traditional beliefs," Lapp said. Priscilla Lapp said, "And in some things we are not. The biggest thing is that Jesus is our savior."