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.
I must ask, where is the hotline for victims of sex abuse? Or victims of financial fraud? What are the remedies for the victims? Or the sanctions for the perpetrators?
Sexual dysfunction can take various forms for both men and women. If those statistics are right, it is a much bigger problem that I ever thought.
I, of course, have no problem with such a library. But is this what the State of New Jersey had in mind in approving $10 million dollars to Lakewood?
In the spirit of 'elu v’elu' we should just agree to disagree and respect each other’s views and lifestyles as long as they do not impinge on the rights of others.
The record number of kipa-wearing Jews in the new Knesset surely shows that secular Jews do not really hate religious Jews.
For the vast majority of students who truly want the best of both worlds, I would strongly recommend YU over any Ivy League school.