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"There was something poetic in the fact that in the same week that David Hartman (z"l) passed away, one of his students, Ruth Calderon offered a moving lecture in Talmud in her maiden speech in the Knesset as a new MK for the centrist Yesh Atid party." And the Haredi representatives were incensed that a woman would dare to presume to discuss Talmud at all, let alone in the presence of men - and they made their outrage known. "This growing power, however, is not without its dangers. If used as a blunt instrument, it will alienate and produce backlash amongst the Orthodox, whose legitimate interests and needs are no less deserving of respect. It should be wielded with sensitivity, with determination and with hope." The Haredim will never acquiesce to the pluralism and inclusiveness you espouse, Dr. Becker. It is pointless to behave respectfully toward, or to be sensitive to the beliefs of men who assault women on buses, throw burning garbage cans when they don`t get their way and regard gentiles as animals and non-observant Jews as less than that. Israel will never be the pluralistic society for which you obviously hope while the Haredim are given equal authority in the political arena and superior authority in the religious one. Moreover, your own economists are predicting bankruptcy within a generation unless they are weaned, quickly, off of the social service rolls. Pluralism only works when all of the participants are committed to it - and Haredim have no sense of community beyond their own narrow subculture.
Jeff Eyges, USA, 28/02/2013 21:16:00
 
 
   
 
   
 

Dr. Tal Becker is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a senior fellow of the Hartman Institute's iEngage Project, and principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Becker hosted the Shalom Hartman Institute's Engaging Israel video webinar series. Click here for more information.

Read Tal Becker's complete biography here.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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