Category: Haredim

Haredim: Do your civic duty

Feb 5, 2021

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When there is a desecration of G-d’s name and danger to public health, one does not shy away from criticism of haredi leaders.

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Jan 29, 2021

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Haredi leadership seems to prize communal autonomy above all, even at the expense of exposure to deadly illness. Yanki Kanievsky is a metaphor for such “unbearable lightness,” the preposterous and perilously cavalier haredi assertion of freedom.

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The big bugaboo returns

Apr 18, 2019

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The drafting or exemption of haredi men from military service is back as the super-stumbling block before Netanyahu’s new government. Here are two possible solutions.

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Don’t kill the Haredi education revolution

Nov 30, 2018

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It would be disastrous if the Supreme Court shuts down gender-separate college programs. This would kill the slow but measurable and exciting movement of haredim into the workforce – which is crucial for the Israeli economy and the future of Israeli society.

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On settlements, anti-Semitism, Arab democracy, and more

Nov 9, 2017

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My fall reading recommendations, with essays and books on democracy in the Arab world, the industry of lies against Israel, Zionism, anti-Semitism, settlements, and Haredi army service.

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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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