web analytics
January 28, 2015 / 8 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Lapid to Haredim: I Will Not Hurt the Torah World, It’s Nonsense

"The study of Torah cannot become an excuse not to study math and English, not to serve the homeland, and not to work for a living."
Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid with MK Rabbi Shai Peron, one of the party's two Orthodox leaders.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid with MK Rabbi Shai Peron, one of the party's two Orthodox leaders.
Photo Credit: Ben David/Flash90

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid on Wednesday responded to various statements given by Haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, that Lapid intends to act in anti-religious and anti-Haredi ways, most notably on the issue of burden equality (code for Haredim in military or national service).

“The Haredi parties are busy spreading the rumor that I am plotting to hurt the Torah world. There is no greater nonsense,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page, noting that “all my life I read and study the Bible. In my eyes, the study of Torah is part of Israel’s existence. There are two rabbis among the Yesh Atid MKs.”

According to Lapid, “the fact that some people devote most of their lives to Torah study is worthy of praise, and I even think we should include the Talmud as part of the national education in secular schools.”

However, Lapid stated that “the study of Torah cannot become an excuse for eight-year-old children not to study math and English, for 18-year-olds not to serve their homeland, and 28-year-olds not to work for a living.”

“King David was a combat fighter, Maimonides studied secular topics, Nahmanides and Rashi worked for a living – do the Haredi parties claim that they, too, damaged the Torah world?” Lapid wondered, adding, “Everyone has the right to learn, but learning cannot be an excuse for a person not to meet their most basic obligations to their country, family and society.”

Lapid concluded: “there are seventy faces to the Torah, so don’t believe anyone who tells you he is the sole representative of the God of Israel.”

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.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Lapid to Haredim: I Will Not Hurt the Torah World, It’s Nonsense”

  1. Yair Lapid has twisted some of the issues.King David was.
    not drafted, he voluntarilly fought the Philistines.Maimonidies and Nachmoidies studdied secular subjects after they had studdied the Torah -not before. All the great Rabbis that worked for a living did not have to worry about avoiding an anti-religious draft board.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Words of religious morality from a non religious Jew is pure hypocrisy! 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?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
IDF soldiers evacuating wounded near northern border town of Ghajar.
Northern Golan Heights Declared Closed Military Zone
Latest News Stories
Hezbollah shooting at Har Dov

9:31pm The Mt. Hermon ski resort on the Golan Heights will be open for business tomorrow morning — having receiving permission from the IDF. 8:03pm Channel 2 reports that Hezbollah terror cell was located 5 kilometers from Israel, and not within Israel as originally thought.Soldiers in 2nd vehicle were saved after they jumped out of […]

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a security assessment with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and other security heads at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday night that “whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price.”

Gazans getting supplies from UNRWA in Rafah.

The Gazans are protesting the freeze in the money transfer from the UN for rehabilitating their region.

Israel's President Ruby Rivlin

Rivlin returning early to Israel from US trip due to situation in northern Israel.

The soldiers were part of an IDF convoy that was using a civilian road, one that hundreds of civilians use on a daily basis.

The GOC Northern Command declares Israel’s northern border with Syria in the Golan Heights to be a closed military zone.

The names of the IDF soldiers killed by Hezbollah at Mount Dov on Wednesday have been released for publication.

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters celebrate IDF deaths Wednesday by giving sweets to motorists.

Two IDF soldiers were killed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah in the most serious attack on Israel since the start of Syria’s civil war.

Soldiers hit in missile attack were patrolling in non-armored jeeps.

Arab brother, sister were apparently planning attack.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that rockets were fired first at Israel from Lebanon, provoking IDF into retaliation.

The IDF announced that two Israeli soldiers were killed as a result of the Hezbollah terror attack earlier today.

One UNIFIL soldier is dead in the wake of an attack on Israel by Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group.

Jordan has caved to ISIS and agreed to swap a terrorist prisoner for its hostage pilot.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lapid-to-haredim-i-will-not-hurt-the-torah-world-its-nonsense/2013/02/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: