Category: Haredim

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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Reclaiming the ‘World of Torah’

Mar 8, 2013

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The Haredi community does not possess exclusivity on “the world of Torah,” and in historic perspective it may yet come to thank Bayit Yehudi for nudging it to a better place.

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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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