Monday, 8 July 2013

Are American Hareidim Sympatico with Israeli Hareidim?

«Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett, Dov Lipman may be the messengers and they bear the brunt of the personal attacks being leveled against them by the Charedi world's spokesmen. But let us ignore who the messengers are and listen to the message. The current social and economic situation of the Charedi society in Israel is no longer tenable. There is a limit as to how many generations can consecutively be raised in poverty without there being a breakdown in that society.
I am quite certain that there are thousands in the Charedi world who secretly desire that this cycle of poverty, unemployment and dependency be broken. I personally know many Charedim who have expressed this to me. It is time to deal with the message and ignore the messengers completely and finally.»
THE MESSENGER AND THE MESSAGE : Rabbi Wein : Jewish Destiny

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efrex said...

I think the answer to that question is a very resounding "no," and has been for quite some time. The American charedi world, or at least the non-chassidic portion, has long tolerated significant contact with American culture and education. Mainstream American charedi publications, even if "only" geared towards women (Mishpacha & Binah) routinely display a level of evenhandedness towards the non-charedi and non-Jewish world that is anathema in the Israeli world. Not saying that such feelings are universal, but they certainly appear much more widespread

MIghty Garnel Ironheart said...

American Chareidim seem themselves as the "little brother" in their relationship with the Israeli ones.
They consider the Israelis to be truer to the principles of Chareidism and would never, ever criticize what they see as a higher religious level.
I wonder if Rav Wein will join Rav Lipman in the vitriol books of the Chareidi PR consortium now?