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December 6, 2013 – 10:32 am7 Comments

From the editor:

haredim2Many readers will watch the video below, which has been doing the email rounds recently, and have a visceral reaction. That reaction will not be positive. Many will fume at what they perceive as the parasitic nature of the Haredi lifestyle in Israel.

This Friday, however, we ask, how different is the Haredi request for money from the requests made by the UIA, Keren Kayemet, and myriad other non-religious charities that raise money for Israel – a first world, high tech, entrepreneurial country.

Is it so different to give money to such a country while local programmes are under funded or not funded at all?

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  • TheSadducee says:

    You would have to have a hard heart indeed to fume at your brother and sister Jews’ poverty.

  • Joe says:

    I think everyone is saddened by the poverty but angered by the self imposed poverty and when the simplest answer is staring them in the face (get educated for employemnt and get a job), the only thing they are willing to do is beg… I am saddened far more for their children who have no choice.

    It is disingenuous to liken a group of people who believe it is their right to be paid for by others whilst disrespecting the institution they are demanding money from to UIA or JNF that have very specific programs, are independently audited and don’t demand anything, either you believe in their work or not.

    Chalk and cheese

  • Sam says:

    This is really sad. I cant believe they are still getting any money.

  • Osh says:

    On what basis do able bodied citizens expect to not only get away with not working, but receive (exectantly so) government handouts, at the expense of the workers in Israel who DO actually contribute tax dollars.

    Perhaps less shockeling and more working rather than youtube propaganda might be helpful.

  • Avigael says:

    This is squarely at the feet of the Israeli Government. While they give away billions of shekels to our enemies, they are cutting child support, kollel and yeshiva and wages of our families so that one cannot live from this. Even before the cuts, it didnt cover basic costs of living. There are no jobs for these men to fill, so those who just say ‘get a job and education’ do not understand the issues. There are many in the west with PhD’s, Masters and Bachelors degrees who cannot get work, let alone Talmud Chachamin. There is another way and we will work together to solve the problem Beezrat HaShem.

  • Neil says:

    Was it not in the Torah that Hashem worked for six days and then rested on the seventh.
    Isn’t that why we have shabbat?
    How can one observe shabbat if you do not work!

    This outrageously twisted propaganda seeks to blame the State of Israel for the situation that these people find themselves in. The only fault of the Israel is in creating the welfare situation that these people have abused. Its time that these people educated themselves for a trade or profession that is useful to society. Its time that these people take up all the menial work they have rejected as below them and send all the foreign workers back home.

    Its time to stop wasting their lives and their children’s on esoteric minutiae. If you want to learn the Torah, do it on shabbat.

    Judaism is simple; work hard and treat others as you would want them to treat you!

  • Yankev says:

    the talmud says a man should work half a day and study half a day. The haredim shouldnt be starved out by government cuts but policies must be introduced to transition yeshiva students into careers rather than the existing unhealthy situation where they are encouraged by an outdated welfare system to choose not to have a career

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