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Hundreds of thousands of Haredi Jews attended a protest in Jerusalem, against a proposed Knesset plan to impose the military service to their young people.

How about this deal: Haredim don’t have to serve, but each time an IDF soldier gives up his young life to defend them, they have to send this size crowd to his funeral. And they should make the same pleas to “Our father in Heaven” that they did yesterday, with tearful voices and breast beating – the whole gestalt.

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I’ve never seen this much shirking of adult responsibility dressed up as love of Torah. My God, have they read the Torah, or do they go straight to the pashkvillim (public leaflets)?

I know the bill is bad, definitely worse than the one that it’s replacing—but this was not a protest, this was a show of political muscle. These are not victims of anything other than their own overdeveloped sense of entitlement.

It was absolutely appropriate to run this assembly on Rosh Chodesh Adar, a month when we’re commanded to drink until we no longer know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman. These folks have already fulfilled the mitzvah.

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90
Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90
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31 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely bloody ridiculous. They will quite happily accept the protection but are unwilling to offer it. They think they’re above and beyond all those brave men and women who risk their lives daily serving (partly for them) in the IDF? I’m sorry, but that is not a Jew. And I’m sorry if I offend anyone here (I am the grandson of a Shoah survivor so I can say this) but these men are exactly the type who would quite happily be carted to the gas chambers without putting up a fight. All this has been shown on TV across the globe today, not exactly going against our old Jewish stereotype is it?!

  2. I agree with everything this author states. How is it fair that other young Jewish men and women put their lives on the line to protect these guys so they can study all day? I thought the mitzvah of saving lives trumped all others?

  3. They are spitting in the face of HaShem… they miss quote and use the Torah as a tool for their lack of faith…they do not understand what they study… the Rabbi are planting bad seed in their heads and heart… all because of a steady income of young men…who would not be at the bank bayit.!

  4. Excuse my ignorance, but where in the Torah does it say that they shouldn’t or can’t fight? I’m no scholar and not one to quote the Torah, but there are plenty of people in the Torah who fought for Israel. Joshua, David, Judah, Caleb, and Ehud, to name a few.

  5. i hesitated posting the above, because it makes us Jews look bad to the world. But then I thought about how I have never hesitated to be quite critical of specific Christian beliefs. I figure it is only fair to criticize my own people, when I think it is warranted. I have sometimes been critical of my own Jewish people, but until now, it has almost always been against secular Leftist Jews. What makes this time different, is that this involves not just traditional, Orthodox Jews, but the ultra-Orthodox Jews, who make up the vast majority of Israel’s religious Jewish population. In the above picture, over a half of a million such Jews, are protesting their government compelling them to serve in the Army. Their argument is that the secret to Jewish survival over the centuries is not military might, but rather Torah study. While this may be true in the long run, it is also true that we Jews are not supposed to depend on miracles. We are to live our lives according to its natural laws. G-d may choose to perform miracles for us when needed, but we must not demand this of Him. and in that light, as valuable as Torah study is, it is a whole lot more difficult to study Torah when we are being murdered by our enemies. Very few Jews were able to learn Torah in Auschwitz. First we must defend ourselves militarily, so as to enable us to pursue more spiritual activities such as Torah study. Same with earning a living. Too many of the ultra-Orthodox Jews do not bother to learn any job skills necessary to earn a living, and then either live off of charity, or make their wives work full time while raising the many children that they tend to have, like in the dozens. This is extremely unfair, and to my mind abusive, to their wives. If a religious person is so religious that they do not defend their land, and do not earn a living, then they do not deserve my respect. They are desecrating G-d’s Name.

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