War Within, The

War Within The For many Israelis it is the internecine conflict with the ultra orthodox Haredim that impacts their lives the most The majority of Haredim raised with an intense focus on religion at the expense of a

  • Title: War Within, The
  • Author: Yuval Elizur
  • ISBN: 9781468303452
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For many Israelis, it is the internecine conflict with the ultra orthodox Haredim that impacts their lives the most The majority of Haredim raised with an intense focus on religion at the expense of all else are unemployable in a modern economy Many choose to pursue religious studies, which the government subsidizes up to the age of 40.The first book on a conflictFor many Israelis, it is the internecine conflict with the ultra orthodox Haredim that impacts their lives the most The majority of Haredim raised with an intense focus on religion at the expense of all else are unemployable in a modern economy Many choose to pursue religious studies, which the government subsidizes up to the age of 40.The first book on a conflict that is fast crystallizing into a national debate, The War Within is a lively and trenchant exploration of a battle between church and state as it plays out before our eyes in Israel today As acclaimed journalists Yuval Elizur and Lawrence Malkin expose, the situation today has reached a critical point that threatens the state of Israel from within and must certainly affect its future.

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    1. I picked this up at an annual book fair held by my local Jewish center. Interestingly, it was the only book on this topic that I could find. While that fact may be a coincidence, I think it speaks to the lack of awareness most people (outside of Israel) have of that modern state’s complex social stratum. This book does an excellent job of illuminating the hot-spot issues of military conscription, education and women’s rights as they exist within the framework of secular and religious tension [...]

    2. Challenging book to comment on. On the one hand it does an admirable job of laying out the conflicts between competing visions of Judaism and Israel, secular vs religious, democratic vs. theistic, the role of women in society. Even here it often devolves into esoterica and repetitiveness that is frustrating to keep straight.Perhaps the most distressing aspect of the book is the utter lack of concern for by far the most critical aspect of life in Israel, how to address the question of Palestine. [...]

    3. A very well written historical and modern study of the political rise to power of Israel's Ultra Orthodox and the stranglehold they have on all society in that country. A recommended read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern geopolitics, as it shines a light on one aspect of the conflict that doesn't receive as much historical examination as everyone else in the region. (and I thought Borough Park Orthodox were bad)

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