Category: Haredim

Healing Haredi work ethics

Feb 28, 2013

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The Haredi world of dependency, of living off the dole, is both unsustainable and sacrilegious. Our new government must help Haredim out of the hole they have dug for themselves by ending the all-encompassing government support system for those not even attempting to get a modern education or earn a living.

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A solution to the Haredi draft problem

Feb 8, 2013

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“Giyus bein hazmanim” – vacation draft – will allow Haredi men to continue learning Torah uninterrupted, while serving military or national service only during their yeshiva semester breaks, which last ten weeks a year.

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End the Haredi chokehold on Israeli politics

Feb 5, 2013

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Bennett should not back down on the draft issue in the face of Haredi threats, because rolling back Ultra-Orthodox influence on matters of religion and state is critical to the health and unity of this country.

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Healing Haredi work ethics

Aug 11, 2012

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The ruinous Ultra-Orthodox ‘thou shall not work’ ethic imperils the Haredi sector and broader Israeli society. Netanyahu should take the lead in helping Haredim out from the hole they have dug for themselves by freeing them from almost all army service and ending the all-encompassing government-support system for those not even attempting to earn a living.

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Livni’s haredi hutzpa

Aug 10, 2012

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The political Left in Israel gave the Ultra-Orthodox the keys to Israel’s Jewish character in order to purchase Haredi support for the Oslo “peace process.” It was Labor and Kadima, not Likud, which “granted the Haredim a monopoly on the Jewishness of the State of Israel.”

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Adopt the Plesner Plan

Jul 6, 2012

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Although the Plesner Committee imploded before it could conclude its work, the Plesner report could still be the thin edge of a good wedge, and its basic guidelines for integration of Haredim in the workforce and military should be embraced by the Netanyahu government.

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Memo to Camp Sucker Protestors

Jun 28, 2012

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Memo to the “Camp Sucker” protestors demanding complete equalization of the burden of national service: Get real, and get behind the Keshev Committee’s new guidelines for military draft of the Ultra-Orthodox! It’s the only and best deal in town.

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Vacation Draft for the Haredim

May 23, 2012

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Haredim should do military service on their yeshiva semester breaks, which last ten long weeks (!) a year. This solution for the the Ultra-Orthodox draft conundrum embraces the opposing core principles of both the Haredi and the secular camps.

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The flawed Tal law

Jan 29, 2012

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The uncomfortable but inevitable revision of the Tal law will release Haredim from military service at a young age and tempt them into the real, working world

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