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How to Lessen the Hatred

As long as rabbinic leaders live in the past and insist on calling the idea of ‘sharing the burden’ a 'shas haShmad,' antagonism toward Haredim will not change.

A Mistaken Plea to Klal Yisrael

Divinity exemptions are designed to produce clergy that will serve the populace, not so that every single member of it becomes a member of the clergy.

200 Haredim Drafted on Thursday

This latest draft represents a 30% increase in the number of Haredim drafted into the battalion.

A Brighter Future for Haredim in Israel

There is no reason why Haredim should continue to be the single biggest and fastest growing welfare demographic in all of Israel.

What Disturbs Me Most about the New Coalition

Drastic changes must be done gradually and with the cooperation of the affected sector of society.

Is Learning Torah ‘Sharing the Burden’?

Once again we see a great rabbinic figure who apparently does not understand what it is that really upsets the non-Haredi public, including many observant Jews.

Get Serious

A political tsunami is approaching, and the Jews in the land of Israel are fighting over total non-issues. If it weren’t so sad, it would be comical.

Jew Against Jew, I Don’t Like This

Bennett's pact with Yair Lapid, is not good for the country and is leading to fraternal hatred.

Shas and UTJ to Join Coalition by Week’s End

Shas and UTJ claim that they're joining the coalition. The question now is, who will be the last party to join?

Netanyahu Not Discounting New Elections, Likud Says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not discounted the possibility of calling new elections, Likud sources say, according to the Israeli publication, Ma'ariv.

Hareidim – N.I.M.B.Y.

No one wants Hareidim moving into their neighborhood. But no one is letting them build all-Hareidi communities either.

The Winds of Change

Do these rabbis really think that Naftali Bennett, an observant Jew, or Rabbi Dov Lipman have “risen in our generation to destroy the Jewish people”?

A Solution to the Draft Controversy

My proposal to solve the contentious issue of Israel’s universal draft.

Draft Diaspora Jews into the IDF!

If we can’t forcibly draft Diaspora Jews, then it’s up to them to enlist on their own.

Lapid Concedes: Haredim Have Won (Video)

Lapid is a patriot who is both honest and who has a clear vision for the future. A vision that is inclusive of all!

Israeli Election Results Put Focus on Domestic Front

Lapid's election success is a reflection of the widespread view among Israelis that external threats do not mean that the country's house should not be put in better order.

From Sad-ish to Glad-ish

Boring is one of God's greatest gifts, especially for a soldier's mother.

So They Won’t Have to Serve

My son-in-law needs to believe that there will be no need for soldiers in another 18 or so years. Deep down, I want to believe that too.

BJ Rabbis Halfheartedly Walk Back Pro-Palestine Email

They're not sorry about the email, only about sending it.

Equality in Service to One’s Country

According to Rav Meir Porush, it is better for Yeshiva students to sit in jail than to serve their country.

The Palestinians: We’re in No Hurry to Sue Israel at the Hague

Jerusalem and Washington continue to argue that the Palestinian move is wrong, but both have already capitulated.

Bank of Israel Restricts Mortgages Severely, Looking to Avert Future Real Estate Crises

The new directive stops banks from giving mortgages with an LTV of more than 70%, with an exception for first-time buyers, who are allowed mortgages of up to 75% of the value of the apartment. Mortgage customers who buy an apartment for investment will be limited to 50% LTV.

Dutch Government Planning Ban on Kosher Slaughtering

The Dutch government is drafting a decree that would give it veto power over anyone who wants to practice ritual slaughter, or sh'chitah, in the Netherlands.

IDF New Guidelines for Drafting and Integrating Haredim Includes Interaction with Women

As a result of the change in the law, the IDF is putting together a number of subtracts specifically for Haredim, though no new “Haredi Only” divisions or brigades will be created. Some of the units have women serving in them, and the IDF says the role of women will not be negatively impacted by the introduction of Haredim who prefer not to interact socially with women beyond what is allowed by their community's mores.

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