Category: Religion and State in Israel

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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Proving the Bible’s Popularity and Relevance

Jul 31, 2012

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The annual Herzog College Bible study seminar at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut – in which over 6,000 Israelis participated last week – is a magnificent enterprise, an intellectual treat, and an exhilarating spiritual experience. Too bad it gets no media coverage.

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Reflections for Tisha Be’Av

Jul 27, 2012

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This Tisha Be’Av, let us recommit ourselves to an overhaul of society: to more refined use of language in public discourse, more honesty in business and increased philanthropy, a crackdown on crime, fairer distribution of the national burden, and some reverence for heritage and Zionist achievement.

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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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In Defense of Plesner

Jul 5, 2012

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The Plesner Committee for equalization of the burden of national service, which published its recommendations yesterday, succumbed neither to populism nor to militancy. It wisely constructed a calibrated and compassionate path towards greater Ultra-Orthodox participation in the Israeli workforce and the military.

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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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Thank G-d it’s Sunday (in Israel?)

May 28, 2012

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Israel should mandate one long weekend every month, in lieu of Sundays.

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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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Bravo Beit Hillel

Jan 2, 2012

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The sane religious majority is speaking up and speaking out in favor of moderation.

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