The Hebrew didn't have Lithuanian 'hasidism', but "more 'haredi'-zealous in their religiosity than all the Lithuanians [as in Litvaks] combined". The Hebrew had 'pamphlets against 'the new reformers' and the the 'religious-lite' in Bnei Akiva and the state-religious schools' - a fomulation which includes debate within Bnei Akiva. Yakar? Keshet? Meimad? How powerful and numerous are they compared to these crowds of arrogant loud extremists? And I don't know if you've noticed but the new generations of Shas are quite close to the Hardalim. It is only the racism of the Hardalim against Mizrahi /Sfardi Jews that stops them working closer together. I don't know about you, but as a woman this development in the Israeli street scares me very, very much. I've seen 'old-school' religious zionists misled into participating in these 'garin torani' activism in mixed Arab-Jewish cities and swallowed up by their toxic racism. There is almost no more ground left to stand on if you are a moderate religious Jew (and an honest one) in Israel today. Where there is no respect for minorities, fascism flourishes. And that's even before discussing the non-Jewish migrants, let alone the Palestinians...
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from the article: Alone in the battle against Israel's religious zealots