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Lapid Clashing Openly with Haredi MKs as Country Cheers

It was that kind of a parliamentary confrontation, stormy, angry, and deliciously witty.
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid addressing the Knesset, April 22, 2013.

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid addressing the Knesset, April 22, 2013.
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Needless to say, the Netanyahu-Lapid-Bennett government survived all six votes of no confidence Monday by a 63-45 margin.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Lapid Clashing Openly with Haredi MKs as Country Cheers”

  1. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Zionists should not be cheering grandstanding and infighting in the Knesset.

    Zionists should cheer those working quietly to encourage and give hope to Haredim who will have to make a difficult and frightening transition in lifestyle from dependence to independence by ensuring that schools, training, jobs, and military units exist that respect the Torah and that they are widely know to the Haredim.

    Zionists should cheer those who remind the Haredim that Hashem promises to bless those who love and obey the Torah.

    Zionists should cheer whose who remind the Haredim that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to obey and study the Torah, that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to their marriages and their children and that Hashem can and will bless them in the work of their hands and the fruit of their labor.

  2. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Zionists should not be cheering grandstanding and infighting in the Knesset.

    Zionists should cheer those working quietly to encourage and give hope to Haredim who will have to make a difficult and frightening transition in lifestyle from dependence to independence by ensuring that schools, training, jobs, and military units exist that respect the Torah and that they are widely know to the Haredim.

    Zionists should cheer those who remind the Haredim that Hashem promises to bless those who love and obey the Torah.

    Zionists should cheer whose who remind the Haredim that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to obey and study the Torah, that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to their marriages and their children and that Hashem can and will bless them in the work of their hands and the fruit of their labor.

  3. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Zionists should not be cheering grandstanding and infighting in the Knesset.

    Zionists should cheer those working quietly to encourage and give hope to Haredim who will have to make a difficult and frightening transition in lifestyle from dependence to independence by ensuring that schools, training, jobs, and military units exist that respect the Torah and that they are widely know to the Haredim.

    Zionists should cheer those who remind the Haredim that Hashem promises to bless those who love and obey the Torah.

    Zionists should cheer whose who remind the Haredim that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to obey and study the Torah, that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to their marriages and their children and that Hashem can and will bless them in the work of their hands and the fruit of their labor.

  4. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Zionists should not be cheering grandstanding and infighting in the Knesset.

    Zionists should cheer those working quietly to encourage and give hope to Haredim who will have to make a difficult and frightening transition in lifestyle from dependence to independence by ensuring that schools, training, jobs, and military units exist that respect the Torah and that they are widely know to the Haredim.

    Zionists should cheer those who remind the Haredim that Hashem promises to bless those who love and obey the Torah.

    Zionists should cheer whose who remind the Haredim that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to obey and study the Torah, that Hashem can and will bless them in their commitment to their marriages and their children and that Hashem can and will bless them in the work of their hands and the fruit of their labor.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Words of religious morality from a non religious Jew is pure hypocrisy! He insults the Jews who are making thousands of children thus insuring the state stays Jewish? He speaks well and distorts the truth by focusing on certain points while avoiding the main overall issues. Don't get fooled by the glib. He can speak about finance or whatever he is good at but speaking about right and wrong is not his domain as he is a professed non religious Jew. He does not know the Torah(the source of right and wrong) therefore he does NOT now what is morally correct or not, thus his moral statements against the Hareidim or anyone have no credibility. Makes sense no?

  6. Stanley Flamer says:

    I didn't realize that the Haredim had so many babies solely to increase the Jewish population. How noble of them.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That's right Stanley-they do it for non selfish motives- they do it for G-d. They want to bring into this world as many Jewish souls as possible for the honor of G-d, so that that there will be many Jews doing Hashem's will(the mitzvoth). Also the more Jews the sooner the geula which benefits all Jews including you and I. I hope it will be soon.

  8. Amy Smith says:

    I agree with Kenneth Mathews 100 %….Israeli's should REMEMBER the PROMISE made to the returning Haredim in 1948, of lifetime Torah study being their SERVICE to the State of Israel, because without Torah study & Torah PRAYERS for the safety of Israel…..there will be NO SAFETY for the land or people…a country that turns it's back on HaShem, will find itself & it's people…..adrift, like a ship at sea…look to the words of Lapid himself yesterday….
    " I am not a religious man "……this is NOT GOOD NEWS for Israel….that a NON-RELIGIOUS man will DETERMINE Israel's future…Israel IS HaShem's LAND….the Jews are HaShem's People, & if the Israelis FORGET this connection & " push " HaShem aside.
    ( like America has done ), Israel will CEASE to have the SUCCESS it has enjoyed in EVERY war with their enemies…HaShem PROTECTS His People, as long as they REMEMBER & HONOR HIM…..
    Shalom…….

  9. Brian Kent says:

    What a horrible article! The Jewish Press was so much better when Rabbi ass was alive.I think it is high time for the JP to find a new editor.No wonder everybody is reading HAMODIA nowadays.

  10. Torah must be read and analysed in a critical way, because its authors were human beings (ancient Jews). The Bible, as a divine work, must go.

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