Category: Haredim

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.
There is too yawning a contradiction between the government's grandiose intentions and its impossible, unwise, and delayed plan to draft Haredim. Perhaps the whole thing is a nothing but a pretense. Legislators should instead consider Prof. Yedidia Stern's wiser, more realistic, and less confrontational plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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