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Haaretz Editorial www.haaretz.com May 3, 2010
Huldai indeed minced no words. But the Shas leaders who hastened to respond were both mistaken and misleading when they said this constituted unbridled incitement.
Huldai was expressing the anguish of that sizable public that pays the bulk of our taxes, yet whose children, who study in state schools, have in recent years received less education and fewer classroom hours.
www.jpost.com May 3, 2010
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai on Monday denied having anything against eduction in the haredi community following his fierce criticism of the state funding of private schools.
"I don't have anything against haredi education. I only have a problem with private education."
Huldai told Army Radio.
"There is no other democracy in the world where the government funds private schools. If you want to fund a private school, you need to fund it yourself."
By Ben Hartman www.jpost.com May 3, 2010
Interior Minister Yishai told Israel Radio that haredi schools include mathematics and English in their curriculum and that there is no problem with the level of education given to pupils in the religious school system.
Shahar Ilan, vice president of research and information for Hiddush:
“I think that the publication of the report is leading to a very broad public discussion. The fury in the general public over the fact that the haredi public doesn’t serve in the army and doesn’t take part in the workforce are leading to a day when we could see a change in these policies.”
TheMarker www.haaretz.com May 4, 2010
Although the ultra-Orthodox community may pay value added tax, most of that group doesn’t work, [Tel Aviv University professor Dan Ben-David] said. They therefore live on the state’s dime. At most they return the 16% at which VAT is charged of the 100% state funding they get, Ben-David retorted.
Ben-David has claimed in a report that these days, about two-thirds of all ultra-Orthodox adults are non-employed (not unemployed”: they are not looking for work).
He estimates that within 30 years, 80% of the country’s school population will be either Haredi or Arab, compared to 50% in elementary grades today.
By Ricky Ben-David www.jpost.com May 7, 2010
The writer is the op-ed editor at The Jerusalem Post
It is not clear whether educational reform, stipend cutbacks, a new political party or a combination of these would reverse the current trend – one that could lead to the end of Zionism as we know it – but it is evident that the haredi-secular divide needs to be addressed seriously. For the sake of our collective future in this country.
By Attila Somfalvi www.ynetnews.com May 3, 2010
According to Livni,
"Everyone suffers from this situation; all those who care about Judaism in the national sense, not just the religious one. This stance is not anti-religious or anti-haredi. This stance places the concern for the future of our society above everything else. This issue has not topped the PM's list of priorities."
Haaretz Editorial www.haaretz.com May 9, 2010
The second destructive trend involves the expansion of the ultra-Orthodox community, whose members do not work and do not bear the burden of military service or paying taxes.
Instead, they are dependent on welfare payments and they deprive their children of the kind of education that would give them the necessary skills to join the labor force.
By Lior Dattel www.haaretz.com May 4, 2010
The proportion of ultra-Orthodox adults who do not work has been climbing for decades, but before they can join the workforce, they have to have skills employers want.
Guided by Education Minister Gideon Saar, the Council for Higher Education has formulated a plan to get thousands of Haredim to acquire higher education, in order to improve their employability.
Saar will shortly be presenting the Knesset with a five-year plan for the whole higher education system. The program for Haredim is one section.
By Nati Toker www.haaretz.com May 4, 2010
Israel’s incessant religious strife has been replaced in recent years by another battle entirely: one of numbers. Each side to the political war whips out dramatic figures pertaining to the Haredim, which are countered by very different numbers from the other side.
By Aluf Benn www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
Opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima ):
"The core curriculum is necessary from two aspects - creating a common basis reflecting Israel's values as a democratic Jewish state. Judaism and civic studies [must be taught] in every school.
The second is providing every student with tools to join the labor force in the future and make a decent living.
This is the only interpretation of equality - equal opportunity to students and a fairer distribution of the burden among the population. This, with joint values and vision, are critical to our existence as a society. Pluralism is not a substitute but complementary."
By Yossi Verter www.haaretz.com May 6, 2010
The rise in anti-Haredi sentiment is a cyclic phenomenon.
…The question engaging many politicians this week is: Who will be the next Lapid? Kadima chair Tzipi Livni has adopted an anti-ultra-Orthodox line ever since she found herself in the opposition.
…And of course there is the natural heir - Tommy Lapid's son, media personality Yair Lapid.
…That is, unless Huldai enters the national race.
By Yossi Sarid Opinion www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
This week, we learned another exasperating statistic: One out of eight children in Jerusalem - only one - is studying in the state school system. And 20 years from now, only 20 percent, nationwide, will be studying in this system. That's not a forecast, it's a battlefront.
By Elia Leibowitz Opinion www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
…the mayor seems not to have touched on another aspect of Haredi and yeshiva education, including the "Zionist" yeshivas - namely, the damage this education causes the individuals through what it does teach.
By Avirama Golan Opinion www.haaretz.com May 6, 2010
Huldai: "I don't know about other people, but for me the Nahari law made it possible for me to say outright what I could not say before: that the State of Israel is fully financing private education.
Previously, local governments could reinforce, say, a state, secular or 'free' school - or whatever you choose to call it - but now the lawmakers suddenly come and say: 'If you're giving something to Yaakov, you have to give the same to Moshe.' Why? Just like that."
By Kobi Nahshoni www.ynetnews.com May 7, 2010
Radio talk-show host Gabi Gazit referred for the first time Monday to the harsh words he had spoken against the ultra-Orthodox and settlers, claiming "I was misunderstood."
"I am the son of a haredi Jew," he said. "My father was a cantor, and taught me never to undermine the faith of others."
By Billie Frenkel www.ynetnews.com May 9, 2010
The Higher Education Council is working on a new program in the aims of bringing thousands of ultra-Orthodox students into academic institutions.
The plan is meant to boost haredi integration in higher education institutions in order to improve their ability to later join the workforce. The program was formulated by Manuel Trachtenberg, the director of the National Economic Council, and is expected to be unveiled in a few months.
By Avi Yellin www.israelnationalnews.com May 4, 2010
The overall employment rate of Israel’s hareidi religious sector, including both men and women, is 43.2 percent, with 65 percent of unemployed men saying they would not work in a mixed setting with female or non-religious co-workers.
www.ynetnews.com May 6, 2010
The third question asked, "Which of the following proposals do you believe would better incorporate haredim into society?"
The results showed that of the seculars polled, 47% believe mandatory IDF service would help haredim assimilate better, 37% of religious people believe occupational training would help, and 42% of the haredim want affirmative action.
By Yechiel Spira www.theyeshivaworld.com May 6, 2010
Deri questions the validity of recent studies, explaining behind them are journalists who are now portraying themselves as investigative and Rabbi Regev, who is affiliated with the Reform Movement. He asks “since when have they acquired an expertise in statistics?”
The former Shas party leader warns that in our naiveté, we are not taking the matter seriously enough. While we should be conducting our own research, alternatively, we find ourselves responding to every journalist who decides to slam the chareidi community.
By Ido Solomon www.haaretz.com May 6, 2010
One reason more and more Haredim, men and women alike, are seeking employment is that the state has been cutting child allowances. But when they try to find work, they find many barriers. Some are internal - the special requirements of their religious rules. Other are external. Employers require that prospective employees pass tests, have a minimal education and can integrate into the culture of the secular workplace.
Jpost.com Editorial www.jpost.com May 9, 2010
An absurd situation has been created in which the State of Israel funds haredi schools that produce graduates who lack the occupational skills and the Zionist ethos to integrate into Israeli society, while it refrains from enriching secular schools with Jewish studies. This counterproductive policy must end.
By Or Kashti www.haaretz.com May 9, 2010
Leading figures in the state religious-education system are undermining the Education Ministry's attempts to institute regulations that will require school principals to hold master's degrees.
…Leading figures in the Religious Education Administration recently effected changes that lend their school system a decidedly more ultra-Orthodox feel.
Secular books have been removed from nursery libraries, Torah study often takes the place of core subjects and boys and girls are separated from first grade on, including on school buses.
By Dan Izenberg www.jpost.com May 7, 2010
The dispute between Sephardim and Ashkenazim over the Beit Ya’acov school for girls in Emmanuel has not been resolved, attorney Aviad Hacohen informed the High Court of Justice on Thursday.
Attorney Aviad Hacohen charged that the hassidim continue to insist that there be two separate tracks in the school and that the children of each track do not share any classrooms with those of the other track.
He also accused the parents and the Independent Education Center of drafting a new constitution for the hassidic track that is once again discriminatory and that will deliberately prevent many Sephardim from joining it.
By Anshel Pfeffer Opinion www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
Through the schools, the rabbis control also the parents and their children's futures, bringing up another generation that believe they have no real allegiance or responsibility to a secular state. Hirsch accused them of selling out to the state but he was wrong. Menachem Porush may have been his bitter enemy but they were both working to achieve the same aims. It was the Zionists who sold out and allowed Hirsch's rivals in the Haredi world to realize his vision.
www.ynetnews.com May 9, 2010
(PM Netanyahu returns to Israel from trip to U.S.)
The ancient tombs near the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon which were at the heart of a national controversy will be removed in the near future, possibly next week, a specially designated committee created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on Sunday.
By Yair Ettinger www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided last month to build a missile-resistant emergency room on the originally proposed site at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, despite the presence of ancient graves, the director general of the Prime Minister's Office, Eyal Gabai, is reportedly considering a new proposal to build the emergency room underground, beneath the graves.
By Ronen Medzini www.ynetnews.com May 3, 2010
Following the city council's decision to keep the Cinema City complex – to be constructed the coming year - closed on Shabbat, a group of secular youths is pushing forward with its initiative to offer private movie screenings on Fridays, and vows additional activity.
By Yair Ettinger and Liel Kyzer www.haaretz.com May 6, 2010
Hundreds of Haredim clashed with police forces in Beit Shemesh on Thursday injuring a police officer, following the death of a 10-year-old boy in his home.
When the police arrived at the scene, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews started to congregate around the boy's home, apparently in fear the boy's body will be evacuated and undergo an autopsy.
www.jpost.com May 6, 2010
After an external examination, which Magen David Adom and protesting haredim agreed upon in place of an autopsy, a 10-year-old boy who passed away Thursday morning in Beit Shemesh was released for burial.
Authorities confirmed the cause of death was natural, and was not caused by foul play.
The haredi protesters dispersed after the boy was released for burial.
By Or Kashti www.haaretz.com May 6, 2010
In response to claims by an ultra-Orthodox youth movement that the Education Ministry is “placing it beyond the pale and with a yellow patch” for not inviting it to a Holocaust conference of youth movements, a ministry official replied that the movement did not meet the criteria for funding, and he would not give into pressure “even if you call us kapos in your next letter.”
By Shmulik Grossman www.ynetnews.com May 3, 2010
Three synagogues in Jerusalem were set on fire over the course of a week, prompting fears that a pyromaniac may be operating the capital.
Police are working with Fire and Rescue Service officials in order to track down the arsonist or arsonists.
Some ultra-Orthodox residents of Jerusalem believe the fires are linked to the power struggles between the various hasidic sects in the city, but a prominent rabbi said torching synagogues "is a red line that no Jew would cross."
By Abe Selig www.jpost.com May 4, 2010
The first attack, which Jerusalem police had characterized on Saturday night as arson, occurred inside the Heichal Shlomo synagogue on Rehov Panim Meirot in the capital’s Romema neighborhood. The blaze, which damaged the ark and its curtains before passers-by were able to douse the flames, began as revelers nearby burned bonfires in honor of Lag Ba’omer.
By Shmulik Grossman www.ynetnews.com May 4, 2010
A 15-year-old Jerusalem girl was arrested on suspicion that she lit a fire next to the Holy Ark of a synagogue in the city on the evening of Lag B'Omer. The girl claims that she wanted to take revenge for ultra-Orthodox harassment.
By Aviad Glickman www.ynetnews.com May 7, 2010
Three days after his arrest, the Jerusalem District Prosecution filed an indictment again Ben Ish Chai Yeshiva head Menachem Edri, who allegedly shot and wounded one of his students following an argument. Edri's friend, 30-year-old Yitzhak Zohar of Jerusalem, was also charged with assisting the Yeshiva head in the act.
By Nati Toker www.haaretz.com May 7, 2010
According to a new ruling by the Badatz - a rabbinical court whose rulings are observed by a significant portion of the Haredi community - ultra-Orthodox Jews must not invest in the shares of Israeli companies, even in those owned by Orthodox businessmen such as Lev Leviev, Shaya Boymelgreen and Motti Zisser.
By Sharon Wrobel www.jpost.com May 6, 2010
Investment houses are starting to take an interest in finding investment instruments that comply with Halacha, in an effort to target and serve haredi investors and seek new niche markets.
Over the past two years, the Badatz, which issues haredi kashrut certification, has begun granting its approval to various investment instruments.
By Yechiel Spira www.theyeshivaworld.com May 6, 2010
Realizing the continuous growth of the mehadrin dairy market in Israel, more and more kibbutzim involved in the production of dairy products are seeking a chareidi hechsher.
Editor – Joel Katz
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