Culture, Identity, Israel, Mishegas, Religion

Haredim and Israel: compatible?

Yossi Sarid at Haaretz has a somewhat fiery condemnation of Haredi attitudes toward the State of Israel.

The ultra-Orthodox public, which has always been cutting down our trees, is now uprooting them. It will destroy basic values, without which a democratic, developed state cannot exist. It will be lost unless it fights back.

He raises some interesting questions: in what ways to Haredim benefit from the existence of the State of Israel as it currently functions?  In what ways do they come into conflict with its values?  These aren’t questions for which I have anywhere near the requisite authority or experience to give an answer (and I’m not trying to imply one, but they’re worth asking.

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