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For secular Israeli society to have any ability to understand the stance of chareidi Jewry on the draft, it is essential to explain in understandable terms the place of education and child rearing in our worldview: their definition, goals, and preconditions. To this end, Mishpacha asked a preeminent rosh yeshivah and thinker, Rav Ahron Lopiansky, to share some thoughts on these matters. With candor, passion, and deep insight Rav Lopiansky sheds light on some of the most burning issues of the day.
Yair Lapid wants to yank 5,200 bochurim out of the beis medrash. Aside from the fact that a nonnegotiable principle of Torah learning is at stake, what will the army do with thousands of black-hatted conscripts?
It’s obvious to just about everyone that the chareidim are a society of parasites with no hope of gainful employment. The one problem with that perception? It doesn’t quite reflect reality. Quietly, without fanfare or headlines — but with encouragement and support from gedolim — dedicated activists have been arming chareidim with the skills and tools they need for self-sufficiency. Do the chareidim really need a secular escort to the workplace?
At 10% of the Israeli population, chareidim should not be the make-or-break force behindIsrael’s $200 billion a year economy. Yet in a recent Knesset debate,Israel’s deputy finance minister declared that if chareidim don’t go out to work,Israel’s economy will collapse. To understand this statement and why many Israelis accept it as truth, it is important to understand the mix of fact, fiction, and political posturing that underlies much of the recent confrontational political debate.