Category: Haredim

Towards a haredi bourgeoisie?

Jun 23, 2017

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A haredi middle class is rising, one which has dispensable income and is developing wider lifestyle horizons. The ripening of this segment in haredi society raises captivating and critical questions. Perhaps it offers new pathways of navigating modernity for haredi and secular Israeli society.

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On educational self-immolation

Jul 29, 2016

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Cancellation of the core curriculum requirement in Haredi schools punishes all Israelis.

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Convert the Chief Rabbinate

Aug 14, 2015

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Religious Zionist yeshiva deans this week established an independent, conversion court, without Chief Rabbinate imprimatur. The ossified and extremist Rabbinate bureaucracy made this necessary, sadly. Unless the Rabbinate wakes up and “converts” itself into a more compassionate halachic religious services provider, it will be bypassed and wither away.

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The politics of shmita

Sep 5, 2014

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We need truly Zionist, nationally-responsible, and halachically-uplifting solutions to the crisis of shmita (the Jewish agricultural sabbatical year) – for the benefit of religious and non-religious Israelis alike.

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Shaked’s uncertain social engineering

Mar 6, 2014

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The new military conscription law is a slam-dunk victory for the Haredi community. There will be no brigades of Haredi border guards; only more Ultra Orthodox insurance brokers – perhaps.

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Rebuffing the haredi attack on hesder yeshivot

Feb 28, 2014

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Haredi politicians are impudently, hypocritically and vengefully stoking negative stories about the hesder program.

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Is the Haredi Draft Plan a Sham?

Aug 8, 2013

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There is too yawning a contradiction between the government’s grandiose intentions and its impossible, unwise, and delayed plan to draft Haredim. Perhaps the whole thing is a nothing but a pretense. Legislators should instead consider Prof. Yedidia Stern’s wiser, more realistic, and less confrontational plan.

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Chief Rabbis in name only

Jul 25, 2013

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The Chief Rabbinate’s glory is gone. Its legitimacy is shot. Its influence is on the wane. Decentralization of religious services is inevitable, and the only way to force change in the Rabbinate. Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef should be under intense public scrutiny and pressure from day one.

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A crushing Haredi victory

Jul 25, 2013

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Not only did the Haredim maintain their control over the Rabbinate, but they are coming back into government faster than you think.

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On sanctifying and desecrating G-d’s name

Jun 17, 2013

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When someone devotes his life to teaching Judaism to secular Israeli Jews, I call that a kiddush Hashem – a sanctification of G-d’s name. When someone else runs a campaign of public defamation against a candidate for the post of chief rabbi, I lament the chillul Hashem – the desecration of G-d’s name.

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