Rav Lopiansky tries to actually answer some of the questions I have publicly asked about the current Charedi opposition to drafting Charedim into the army.
One of the arguments Jonathan makes is that we here in the United States ought to ‘not mix in’ to the issues affecting Charedim in Israel.
This was simply an opportunity to capitalize on something they thought would have universal appeal in the Charedi world.
No matter how many times Lapid says he does not want to destroy Charedi Judaism, they see him as disingenuous with an ulterior motive to destroy the Charedi way of life.
Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same experiment twice and expecting different results.
“What’s the Matter with Kids Today”. That is the title of a song sung by actor Paul Lynde from the 1960s musical Bye Bye Birdie....
Let me emphasize that it is not me indicting Lakewood. It is coming from a Charedi Musmach.
Unless he at some minimal level wants to try and go back "On the Derech" the parent will not love them.
I don’t see why any group has to identify itself as gay or straight in this parade.
I’m sure this is an empty threat. No one is going to get lashes. It is just a scare tactic. Or is it?
Virtually all the Gedolim of previous generations, including Rav Soloveitchik, forbade any religious collaboration with heterodox rabbis for fear of giving them tacit recognition.
Despite the criticisms, Haredi society has positives that should be recognized.
No religious Jew would deny the merit that Torah study. But it is the height of folly to believe that a strong military is therefore unnecessary.
Just as the IRS targeted conservative groups, according a report, a leaked document states that Israel's Economic Affairs Ministry is targeting Haredi businesses and Yeshivos.
Eliminating all secular studies is taking "Talmud Torah k’neged kulom" to an absurd extreme.
If ritual observance is voluntary and all that counts is ethos, why not just drop the whole charade and just call anyone with an ethical perspective on life a Reform Jew?
There is a new group of zealots who have taken a cue from the price taggers. They refer to themselves as Torah taggers.
What is really being gained by continuing to force Haredim to stay in the beis medrash full time via a draft that exempts Haredim?
If Shas does agree to allow a secular core curriculum in their schools, that will put Ashkenazi Haredi leaders between a rock and a hard place.
the title rabbi (or its equivalent) is more than about recognition of achievement.
The issue is not our obligation to listen to our rabbinic leaders. It is about whether we should listen to the rabbinic leaders of others.
With all the good intention of Israel’s rabbinic leaders, how could they not see that this was going to happen?
What I do not understand is the harshness of his condemnation.
We are a people whose mandate is Torah observance in all matters - between man and God as well as between man and his fellow man.
There is only one word that can explain the over the top reaction by Haredi establishment to this: Paranoia.