June 19, 2013

Israel's religious resistance

We examine the relationship between Haredi Jews and the Israeli state.

Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Belz Hasidic Dynasty take part in the wedding ceremony of Rabbi Shalom Rokach, the Grandson of the Belz Rabbi to Hana Batya Pener on May 21, 2013. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

They’re called Haredim, Hebrew for 'those who tremble before God'. Many live in isolated communities, dedicating their lives to religious study. They’re exempt from mandatory military service surviving on tax-payer funding and donations. Some Israelis think it’s time for them to share all the burdens of citizenship. But the Haredi fear change is happening too quickly. We’ll discuss the integration of Israel’s swelling ultra-Orthodox minority into society.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus
Deputy Mayor, Jerusalem
Naomi Paiss @NewIsraelFund
Vice President of Public Affairs, New Israel Fund
Ud Doron
Activist, “Be Free Israel” organization
Ronit Peskin @womenforthewall
Ultra-Orthodox activist, Women For The Wall
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