Behind the growing conflict between Haredim and the rest of the Jewish community is a primitive theology that most of us do not begin understand. These people live in a world in which God metes out punishment upon the Jewish people and the world for the tiniest of “offenses.”
In the video below, broadcast a few weeks ago on Israel’s Channel 10, you will learn about a movie intended for Haredim. You will see how these people blame their own wives, mothers and daughters who wear wigs (rather than headscarves) for the rampant poverty in their community. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until you see what else they blame on this so-called immodesty.
Lest you think that this is just an Israeli issue, keep in mind that they are the fastest growing group of Jews in the Diaspora, too. If this is the future of Judaism, I will opt out.
As for Israel, it has a clear choice to make. Each time the government cuts handouts to these people, their birthrate goes down. The time to act is now. They must go to work. They must serve in the army. They must teach their children something besides “Toirah.”
Now that I’ve got iMovie figured out, I’m going to keep bringing these clips from Israeli television.