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Anger at Haredim: Who Is to Blame?

There the draft is but one area Haredi leaders badly stumble over.
Haredi men scuffle with Israeli police.

Haredi men scuffle with Israeli police.
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Add to this the appearance to secular Jews of Haredim only taking and not giving… and you end up with an Aviad Kleinberg. He has written an op-ed in Ynet that expresses the outcome of such attitudes. He was not born anti Haredi. He was made anti Haredi. Not by the press but by comments like the ones above. Here is how he thinks Haredim see him and all secular Jews. I think he is very close to being right:

[T]he seculars…eat nevelot and terefot, desecrate Shabbat in public and are accompanied by prostitutes (the haredi term for secular women who dress and behave “immodestly”)

These people are not “kosher” enough do anything, apart from transferring money to the haredim of course. To get their hands on this money, the representatives of the haredi public are willing to overcome their contempt and sit in the Knesset with seculars (the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox also join the coalition; for the Ashkenaz haredim this is still too difficult). In order to receive State funds, the haredi lawmakers are willing to take time off from their Torah studies and sit in the plenum, where women dress immodestly and make their voices heard in public.

…The cultural and social boycott of the majority is a way of life in the haredi community. This does not mean that they cannot hold negotiations with the evil ones. They can, and they do; because there is no political boycott.

…They demand everyone else’s respect as the (sole) representatives of the Torah, but they do not have to respect anyone else in return. They have a right to meddle in every affair under the sun, while others are forbidden from intervening in their affairs…

I would add that of late (or maybe not so ‘of late’) Datim (Modern Orthodox Jews in Israel) are seen by Haredim in almost the same light as secular Jews. Some would even say they are even worse! (i.e. they should know better etc…)

Aviad’s anger is the creation of the Haredi world. The sooner Haredi leaders recognize this simple fact the better things will be. Rabbi Dovid Bloch said as much recently by asking The 12 questions. Until then they can cry Yehoreg V’Al Yaavor until they turn blue in the face. It won’t change a thing except to divide the country even more than it is now.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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4 Responses to “Anger at Haredim: Who Is to Blame?”

  1. Dan Silagi says:

    In Israel today, secular Jews (such as myself) have an excessive tax burden because we're supporting the Haredi schnorrers. Secular Jews put themselves in harm's way because Haredim think that their davening in a nice warm shul somehow is going to win Israel's wars, while the secular Jew slogs through the swamp, or more likely, the desert.

    Then, they have the nerve to tell secular Jews how to behave, and women where and how to pray, and what color tallit to wear.

    These and countless other reasons are why the seculars, myself included, despise haredim.

  2. Chris Thomas says:

    I see the pharisees are alive and well. I believe Christ had a wonderful term for them: whitewashed sepulchers.

  3. What a sad article. It seems to me you have been brainwashed by the secular-Zionist propaganda that has been spewed out against the Hareidi community since well before the founding of the State. I have just posted an article on Algemeiner.com detailing the history of the crimes of Ben-Gurion and his ilk against the religious community in Israel. They are the ones who truly are to blame for the religious-secular tensions in the Holy Land.

  4. Mildred Bilt says:

    The hareidi are filled with hate-hate against all G-D's creatures who are not just like them and who refuse to appreciate that every hareidi is a substitute for and a correction to the imperfections of the Almighty.The hareidis are the Creator's alter ego and must be obeyed blindly or suffer their curses and venom. So what's not to love and venerate and idolize? Grotesque creatures who dare to replace Hashem with themselves. Apostacy. Heretics. And they cover themselves in costumes and titles to hide what they truly are. We have seen them before-the zealots and sacarii who destroyed Israel and scattered the Jews in earlier times in their lust for power and wealth. Now they've come back-reincarnated from the dead to do the same againl.

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