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    • Michael
    • 18.07.12 | 19:14 (IDT)

    I certainly do not agree with some of his views. He was strongly against the haredim from taking secular college level studies (along with Torah education) which, in my opinion, is a complete backward shtetl mentality. The haredim, in general, are a huge burden on the State of Israel exactly for this reason; they are uneducated, do not hold regular jobs, do not contribute to the overall economy and, in general, mooch of the system. It is well documented that they are the main recipient of welfare. Sure, some have success in business but, in large part, many are very very poor, living from welfare check to welfare check. The men "study" indefinitely in the yeshivas, have 5+ kids and collect welfare from the state to support their large families. You can study and work. There are more moderate haredim for whom the lighbulbs went on, and who do actually go to college to study computers, IT, medicine, etc. and who end up being productive members of the Israeli society and help the state as opposed to weight down on it. I realize that I am making a generalization about welfare but, unfortunately, it applies to many many haredi families. To discourage your flock from studying something, be it medicine or IT, will eventually catch up and bring Israel down. You cannot have a majority of the population "studying" and living off the minority that actually works. Unless more haredi pursue actual careers, Israel will decline financially and socially. Where is the money going to come from to support to the perpetual yeshiva bachors when the haredi in yeshivas will significantly outnumber the actual money makers, for a lack of a better term? Who is going to treat the haredi when they get sick? That being said, RIP.

    from the article: Rabbi Elyashiv, venerated leader in ultra-Orthodox community, dies at 102
    First published 16:59 18.07.12 | Last updated 16:59 18.07.12
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