and the more Observant Jews complained about the state of Religious life in the then, New Town. Rabbi Nissim replied that Religious life was less important than that the standard of living of the people, whether they had enough to take care of their basic economic needs. Once that issue sorted itself out, the Religious life in the town would improve even more than anyone expected. We saw that in the late '70s and into the '80s, as Shas grew into a major influnence in Israeli life, enabing formely stay at home mothers to leave for work increasing the incomes of many families, Religious and otherwise increasing the economic activity for a decade and some. Bennet, perhaps, is taking the cue from Rabbi Nissim, rather than placing his effort to promote "Religion" per se but to improve the quality of life for the average Israeli family without regard to their level of Halachic Observance. Either way we will benefit by a Halachcally Observatn sector that is no longer "poor", or simply a better life for everyone.
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