A Mindset Apart Mishpacha StaffFor 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.
Out of Service
Rachel Ginsberg | Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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?
Refoel Pride | Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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?
One Pie, No Peace
Binyamin Rose | Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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.
From Red Square to the Kosel Plaza
Leah Gebber Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As the battle for the sanctity of the Kosel continues to rage, Leah Aharoni’s inner battle to define authentic Jewish feminism has pitted her against the agenda of those seeking to “liberate the Wall.”
As told to C. Rosenberg Tuesday, June 11, 2013
“I hear you’re looking for a manager,” my brother Benny began. His words rushed out — a sure sign that he was nervous. “The zman will be over in another few weeks, and I can start immediately.”
Word had spread fast. The small printing business my in-laws had generously helped my husband and me set up when we married had grown beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. It was time to hire a manager, freeing me to devote my time to my large family. My brother assumed that he was the best candidate.
On paper, h
Dr. Mitzvah in Buttonville
Yaffa Ganz Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Dr. Mitzvah was walking home from shul when he almost slipped on something round and shiny lying on the sidewalk. For a moment, he thought it was a coin, but no, it was a gold button. “Hmm … someone lost a very pretty button. I wonder who?”
A moment later, he saw another one. This one was silver and square.
DMC’s: Teens Speak about Themselves
As told to Leah Gebber Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The first ballet I watched was Swan Lake. I must have been four or five, and my parents had dropped me off at my grandmother’s, to go to yet another hospital appointment. Bubby already lived in a nursing home by then, but she was with-it and energetic still and was happy to watch me. There was a screen in the lounge; we walked past it as she led me to her room. But I didn’t follow her.
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