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Saturday, May 10, 2014 

Piousness vs patriots

The Algemeiner spoke about Haredis who not only don't serve in the army, they've even turned to flag-burning:
As Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day earlier this week, dozens of ultra-Orthodox (haredi) youth exploited their democratic right to freely assemble by ripping down and destroying Israeli flags, blocking roads, and protesting against the Jewish state.

Such outbursts have developed into a sad phenomenon, with demonstrations against Jewish sovereignty becoming more frequent and more heated as the Israeli government has taken steps to enlist the country’s able-bodied ultra-Orthodox men into the Israel Defense Forces. [...]

Of course, Haredi leaders will counter that the Jews can only rightfully return to Israel and self-government after the Messiah comes.

Yet the worldview espoused for decades by many influential ultra-Orthodox Jews has to date done less to pave the way for the arrival of the anointed one and more to foster a crippling culture of dependence. [...]

As history has repeatedly shown, any system that is dependent on private and government subsidies is ultimately doomed for failure.

Or, to cite a slightly older source: “Strengthen him [the poor person] so that he does not fall [as distinct from the one who has already become poor] and become dependent on others.” (Leviticus 25:35)

Jewish tradition elegantly eschews any contradiction between piety and patriotism.
Yet they flatly refuse to acknowledge any of this, one of the most bewildering things about their customs.

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