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Hareidi Frustration w Bennett
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday June 8, 2021
I've Been Thinking:

For the first time in the history of modern Israel, the prime minster will be a kippa wearing shomer shabbat (Sabbath observant) Jew. Although Menahem Begin was shomer shabbat and often wore a kippa, he was known for donning and then removing his head covering.

So why is Naftali Bennett being attacked by the Hareidi religious community? Why is he being called “the evil one” and the “destroyer of Judaism in Israel” and “a traitor to Judaism”?

The answer has nothing to do with Judaism or of that decision ition – and everything to do with budget.

Hareidi parties, by their own choice, are no longer in the government. And when you are no longer in government, you no longer have power. And that means that your special interests will no longer receive special attention or – and more importantly, budgets.

The Hareidi community will take a significant budget hit with this new government. Established educational institutions and schools will, of course, receive allocations. But almost no schools in the Hareidi community conform to national standards and they will now suffer the consequences.

Not only will Hareidi education suffer, Hareidi housing projects will fall to a low priority issue, as well.

For decades Hareidi leadership has perfected the art of joining and supporting the government and, in exchange, they received essential money for schools and housing.

The hareidi community will not be left high and dry. Not all the benefits they have been receiving will disappear, but certainly, a significant percentage of the money they had been allocated will dry up with this new government.

The times, they are a changing.

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10 June 2021 12:18 PM in Thoughts

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