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    • 09.01.11 | 19:23 (IST)

    With regard to a section of the population devoting their lives solely to religion/prayer/study, it's a good idea - essential. (Moreover, there's no reason why some of them could not be involved in politics, if they so wish). It can be compared to monks and nuns in Christianity and other religions in the West and East being supported by ordinary citizens. The Jewish religious orders follow the teaching of divers Jewish religious leaders, like the Christian orders follow their own various traditions. The rest of society who are more involved with the work-a-day world doubtless deeply appreciate that those in the religious orders contribute to the balance of the spiritual and material in society, as well as the fact that the Haredim ensured Judaism's survival over the centuries. Especially when so many ordinary citizens work long hours, people can think that, in a sense, they can identify with the religious orders in spirit, even though they don't have much actual free time for extra devotions away from their practical contribution to society through their chosen field of work or the work which they have opted for. A question is, what proportion of the nation's citizens can be subsidized so that they can devote themselves fully to religious matters (to at least not reduce the current numbers would be desirable if practicable) and could there be groups of Modern Orthodox who could form religious orders, besides Haredim?

    from the article: Netanyahu's cabinet votes to draft more ultra-Orthodox into IDF
    First published 13:13 09.01.11 | Last updated 13:13 09.01.11
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