Category: Zionism

It is critical to defiantly distinguish haredi ideology regarding military service from authentic Torah ideology. To rigorously reject haredi dogma on this matter and debunk haredi distortion of religious sources. To me, doing so is no less an obligation for the sake of the “honor of Torah” than it is an emotional and social imperative.
Israel has no choice but to stiffen its spine; and in some matters to grow a spine. More than ever before, Israel must reject impossible international dictates and demands.
Everybody knows that the rapidly growing and politically muscular Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel can no longer altogether avoid military and/or national service. But haredi leaders will not relinquish their rigid communal structure of full-time and lifetime-long Torah study. So here is my national service plan for haredi men during “bein hazmanim,” their long semester breaks.
Israel’s future is guaranteed by gutsy and patriotic teens, soldiers, and students. They are buoyant and brave and confident in Israel's ability to overcome adversity. Pay no attention to the “Dichonistim” movement, the “Depressive” lobby -- a privileged class of older journalists and veteran “experts” that gloomily dominate the airwaves with stale, defeatist thinking.
David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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