Category: Religion and State in Israel

Bennett’s benefit

Dec 23, 2012

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Pundits have got the Naftali Bennett story wrong. The rise of HaBayit Hayehudi is not really about nationalist politics. It is more a social-communal awakening, a re-emergence of the Religious Zionist tribe, with a younger a more self-confident voice.

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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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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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