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Israel’s New Reality: 52% of All Preschoolers Are Religious

Monday, August 27th, 2012

On Monday morning, approximately two million children started the new school year 5773 in preschools and schools across the country.

This year 270,000 children 3 and 4 years old are taking advantage of the implementation of the Trachtenberg Committee recommendations, and enjoy tuition-free kindergarten. The rest of children will have to wait longer until the rest of the reforms in education are employed.

The year 5773 (2011-12) is also be a watershed year in terms of the religious tone of the Israeli citizenry. A few weeks ago, Deputy Minister of Education Menachem Eliezer Moses (United Torah Judaism) disclosed that for the first time the National Religious and Haredi sectors are represented by over 50% at the pre-school level children. “We are going to be 52% and they (secular Israelis) will be only 48%,” Moses announced.

Moses related that 15 years ago the percentage of Haredim in Israeli educational institutions was only 12.6%. “Today we comprise 32%; and the National Religious are another 20%, and that included Chabad. There is a discrepancy as to whether Chabad is six or seven percent, but it really doesn’t matter.”

At the same time, the Ministry of Education has decided to increase Jewish Studies in the secular state schools in the coming school year. Under the new program, there will be weekly “Jewish Culture Heritage” classes at the middle school level, with knowledge enhancement programs in the higher grades.

According to the new government decision, the state will provide free education for 3 and 4 year-olds in public nursery schools and kindergartens starting with the current school year. The total cost of this benefit is about $200 per student each month.

Jewish Press online correspondent Malkah Fleischer this morning ushered her first born daughter to preschool, and she had this to say afterwards (wiping away some tears):

“Mazal Tov to all the sweet little Israeli children who returned to school today! We are so proud of you, and bless you with the happiest, healthiest year, a year of growth, success, and friendship.

“And Mazal Tov to all you parents. You who treaded the treacherous waters of the seemingly endless summer vacation, planned fun activities, cleaned up after fun activities, peeled sticky, whining, overtired children off the floor after fun activities.

“You who bought a special outfit for your special school girl/boy, braved the wilds of school supply stores for the exactly-right backpack. You who pumped up your school child for another terrific year, planned the extra special first-morning breakfast, prepared the extra special first-day lunch, laid out the special outfit next to the special backpack of exactly the right color, and kissed your bursting-at-the-seems-with-excitement/anxious-about-leaving-you-and-making-new-friends little student goodnight, being called in for more than the usual number of last-one statements and cups of water.”

‘Jewish Home’ Chairman: Bennet Is an Opportunist, His Plans Are Empty Spin

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

“The zigzaggy conduct of Naftali Bennet is classic opportunism, and the public will judge him for it, his plan is nothing but empty spin,” said on Monday Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, head of the “Jewish Home” Knesset faction, during an online event held at the website of TheMarker.

Hershkowitz was referring to the candidacy of MKs Zevulun Arlov and Naftali Bennet, and quoted an opinion piece published last weekend by Makor Rishon’s pundit Sofia Ron-Moria, where she quipped that she “won’t buy a used car from Bennet or Orlov.”

In regard to the party, Hershkowitz noted that “the Jewish Home is not a sectoral list. Rather it is a movement that has something to say on every subject, but I see no contradiction between a general look and a concern for the National Religious sector which today carries this country on its back. And there is no other party that looks after the needs of this public.”

He noted that when he was called to head the party, three years ago, he did it in order “to usher it into becoming a wider and bigger movement that would have a say in every area of life, and at the same time take care of the needs of the National Religious public.”

In regard to the struggle between the Jewish Home and the Likud, Hershkowitz stressed that “The Likud is not concerned with religious education. The Likud was the leading partner in bringing about the Haredization of the religious courts, conversion process, religious councils. The social and national values of the Likud are not necessarily rooted in Jewish Heritage.”

According to the Kippa website, the Bennet camp responded to the above attack by saying that “Rabbi Professor Hershkowitz has a lot of good qualities and we appreciate his work.”

Poll: Majority of Israelis Want Prayers on the Temple Mount, But No Temple

Friday, July 27th, 2012

According to a poll commissioned by Makor Rishon, the majority of Israelis want Jews to be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount.

Of the 512 Jewish Israeli adults who responded to the poll, 52% were for permitting Jewish Prayers on the Temple Mount, while 37% were against it.

22% of those polled said they are fasting on Tisha B’Av, the holiday that commemorates the destruction of the Temple.


The final question in the poll was, “Do we need to now begin rebuilding the Temple?

The response to that question was more disappointing.

Unfortunately, 61% of all those polled said no.

Among those who designated themselves as Chardali (Chareidi National-Religious) or Ultra-Orthodox 71% said yes.

While most disappointingly, among those who designated themselves as National-Religious only 43% said yes. Among Traditional, 43% said yes, and among the Secular 9% said yes.


Do we need to begin rebuilding the Temple?

Overall: No: 61%,  Yes:17%

Secular Traditional National-Religious Chardali/Chareidi










Should Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount?

Overall: No: 37%,  Yes: 52% 

Secular Traditional National-Religious Chardali/Chareidi










What do you feel toward Tisha B’Av?

Overall: Nothing: 51%, Connected/not fasting: 22%, Fasting: 22% 

Secular Traditional National-Religious Chardali/Chareidi





Connected but not fasting










‘Jewish Home’ Blues

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The Knesset’s Jewish Home faction is in danger of splitting, following the internal political maneuvering that has taken place in the National Union.

The National Religious camp has seven seats that are spread across six parties in two factions. The previous attempt at a merger before the 2009 elections failed and led to the formation of more political parties.

Jewish Home is made up of rookie MKs Daniel Hershkowitz and Uri Orbach that were brought in as compromise candidates to complement the National Religious Party’s veteran MK Zevulun Orlev. Hershkowitz and Orbach have been trading public attacks with Orlev over the course of the last few weeks, with an escalation yesterday when the NRP decided against some of the Jewish Home’s guidelines for internal primary elections to set up its list for the next general Knesset election.

Following leadership races in Likud, Labor, and Meretz, and with Kadima’s internal primary elections a couple of weeks away, many in the National Religious camp want their parties to get their act together. National Union Chairman MK Yaakov (Katzeleh) Katz and Jewish Home Chairman MK Hershkowitz have worked hard to bring their factions together in a joint list for the next elections.

MK Katz and MK Uri Ariel’s Tekuma party are settling their differences within the National Union with Hatikva Party MK Arieh Eldad and Eretz Yisrael Shelanu MK Michael Ben Ari. MK Eldad is secular, but his Hatikva Party does have a National Religious following. Eretz Yisrael Shelanu is a merger of Baruch Marzel’s Jewish National Front party and the Chassidic followers of Chabad’s Rabbi Wolpo. Analysts agree that National Union Faction Manager and Moledet Party front-runner Uri Bank still has electoral value, although it is not clear if he will be slated in a realistic spot for the next Knesset by the powers-that-be.

Over the years, many Israeli National Religious and Modern Orthodox national camp members have grown tired of keeping up with their communities’ smaller parties and have gradually lost votes to the Likud and Yisrael Beitenu. There is hope among those who have stayed loyal to the smaller parties that they will overcome their differences and run on a joint list. Insiders have suggested that a new political superstar at the head of the list is needed to accomplish this.

Time will tell us who is in, who is out, and if there will be any room for fresh new candidates.

Knesset Speaker: If the Government Does Not Legalize Migron, the Knesset Will

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

In a visit to the Migron outpost community on Thursday, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said that “if the government does not legalize Migron, the Knesset will.”

The Israeli High Court ordered that the homes in Migron be demolished by the end of March because they were built on private Palestinian land. Rivlin said he respects the Court’s decision, but thinks the government should find a legal way to modify the land’s status and legalize the homes slated for destruction.

Rivlin’s comments come a day after the National-Religious party Habayit Hayehudi announced its intention to immediately leave the coalition if Migron is demolished.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/knesset-speaker-if-the-government-does-not-legalize-migron-the-knesset-will/2012/01/12/

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