While I agree that this stealing is completely against Halakha and a disgusting attempt at stealing money from the public funds, I have to disagree with the closing tone of the author's article. The Haredi public is not all bad and although I disagree with most of their positions I am unwilling to paint a broad stroke over them and say they have "done indescribable damage" to Judaism. The Haredi community has created many Torah scholars who are more tolerant than you might think and who are people who are ready, willing and able to engage and communicate with those outside of the Haredi community. The number of those who work is continuing to rise and it is important to recognize that things are changing in their community. Nonetheless, Hiddush seems to have created a mantra for itself whereby anything Haredi is ipso facto incorrect and anything secular (or perhaps even pluralistic) is ipso facto correct. The point of mutual respect is not about right and wrong, but about respecting the fact that we are different. Hiddush has not yet internalized this message, and the author representing Hiddush here has proven the point yet again.
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