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Reality Check: the 1/4 Million Man March

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(1) The army doesn’t want millions of haredim. None of the brass can say it out loud, but what are they going to do with a huge new influx of soldiers who aren’t physically fit, won’t follow orders that aren’t cosigned by a  Rav, and have a host of food restrictions and the like?

(2) The haredi leadership is ecstatic to have a new bogeyman. By scapegoating Lapid and his fellow travelers as enemies of Torah, etc., they become stronger, and the crises they’ve invented offers a host of new excuses to keep their communities even further away from dangerous things like freedom and post-enlightenment ideas

(3) Lapid doesn’t really care if the Haredim go into the army or not. He’s scapegoating them for personal gain, just as obviously as they are returning the favor.

(4) The haredi on the street is thrilled to have the chance to do something exciting like go to a protest. Those who live lives of no sports, entertainment, or outdoor activities take what they can get.

(5) As I think Natan Slifkin said first, the Haredim obviously believe that Torah learning is the solution to every problem, aside from the problems that threaten their ways of life. When a problem like that emerges its time to close the books and take other actions, just like any other low down, non-Torah learner.

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8 Responses to “Reality Check: the 1/4 Million Man March”

  1. Jean Perles says:

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  2. Ridiculous and untrue, negative religious bashing comments! Even the comments-
    “Those who live lives of no sports, entertainment, or outdoor activity”
    — As if someone who lives a more observant life can’t watch or play sports, can’t be entertained…. Yes strippers are definitely not a good choice….or be involved in outdoor activities like biking, running, climbing, hiking, swimming, playing sports, etc,etc, etc… Just shows how ignorant, uninformed and anti religious you really are! What a disgrace you are and do nothing to promote understanding between Jews.

  3. Zalmy Silber says:

    הקביעה שהמדינה היא מדינתו של העם היהודי כולו נותנת הצדקה לתביעתנו על כל ארץ ישראל. העולם מבין ומכיר שלעם ישראל יש זכות שתהיה לו מדינה משלו, העולם גם מבין שהמקום הנכון הוא ארץ ישראל – בהיותה המולדת של עם ישראל, על כן גם תובן תביעתנו שכל הארץ, על גבולותיה ההיסטוריים התנ”כיים, היא מולדתו של עם ישראל, ואי אפשר למנוע מאיתנו להתיישב בכל מקום בארץ ישראל.

  4. Livia Shagam says:

    lucky they are not in Ukraine these days

  5. Dear Readers
    Why is it that I only see such deep hatred for your fellow religious Jews the Haredim and Hassidim – paralleled or more than your hatred for Arabs and Muslims, is it because their strict lifestyles threaten your own peace, or is it just because they remind you of the old traditions, but, I do not understand how you can hate so much those of your own religion? Are they really the worst sect of Judaism?
    Anyway I have gone through every article written about these ultra religious – and they are all written in a nasty, vicious, sarcastic at-the-best, way possible.
    The comments after are normally loaded with loathing jeering and nasty jibes – loaded with hared!
    Are you all there, really Jews? Orthodox Jews?
    Sorry – but I loved Jews.

  6. Yaakov Goldsmith says:

    Why is it they wanted me for two and a half years? I did my time in Golani. I certainly got fit quick. Save your anti semitisim

  7. Last week we read that all jews needed to give their half a shekel. It wasnt enough for a few wealthy individuals to pay the bill. All in the community needed to be part of the mishkan. Its the same with IDF service. To be a part of a community all must participate. No one is exempt from providing their shekel.

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