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@SnowTiger: "It will take more than a `conversation` to solve this problem, which, as noted at the end of the essay, goes beyond the haredim problem to the stranglehold that the various orthodox factions hold on the state. Further, Rabbi Hartman fails to address the question of power. Once possessed, it is rarely, if ever, given back." Agreed. Rabbi Hartman makes the assumption that the Haredim are willing to engage in the kind of conversation he envisions. Their actions as a community in recent years comprise a clear indicator to the contrary. The Haredim, collectively, may pose a greater threat to the future of Israel than do the surrounding hostile nations.
JDE, USA, 30/08/2012 16:01:00
demographics
The likelihood is that the demographics could change much faster than expected. Secular Israelis are more likely to emmigrate as observance of Judaism forges a much stronger bond with the land of Israel than mere cultural ties. And for the same reason the likelihood of religious Jews to immigrate to Israel is higher. If the charedim in NY decided to immigrate enmasse, Israel could be faced with hundreds of thousands of additional charedim overnight.
Yonason, Israel, 02/02/2012 23:21:00
THE... CHALLENGE
JUDAISM IS BASED ON UNDERSTANDING PRIMORDIAL MONOTHEISM. YAHWEH, AS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IS, TIME. THINK IT OVER AND FIND THAT WE ARE ALL TIME ELEMENT. WHETHER IS RATIONAL IN YOUR MIND OR NOT. TIME CREATES, AND WE ARE SUBJECT TO GODLY INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.
edmond cohen, usa, 31/01/2012 05:40:00
A short observation:
From what I read in the papers, it strikes me that the Haredim are ready to "go to the barricades" for what they believe--and most other Israelis are not. That just might trump "demographics" in the end.
Herkemer, USA, 30/01/2012 20:44:00
The Challenge of Haredim
A well written essay in terms of the past, but it unfortunately falls short in prescribing remedies for the future. It will take more than a "conversation" to solve this problem, which, as noted at the end of the essay, goes beyond the haredim problem to the stranglehold that the various orthodox factions hold on the state. Further, Rabbi Hartman fails to address the question of power. Once possessed, it is rarely, if ever, given back. And to retake the definitions of Judaism as enforced by the state will require power to be removed from those that currently clutch it.
SnowTiger Jr, USA, 30/01/2012 13:27:00
 
 
   
 
   
 
 
Donniel Hartman is President of Shalom Hartman Institute and Director of the Engaging Israel Project.
 
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Donniel contributes a regular column to Times of Israel and writes for many other publications on a regular basis. Read all of Donniel Hartman's columns and essays.