It's a shame that in 2002, and after Israel has passed such effective laws regarding sexual harassment, it is still necessary to go over the ground rules. Sexual deviants, rapists and the mentally ill are not especially well versed in matters of fashion.
The outcries over the desecration of the Sabbath during the evacuation of the Havat Gilad outpost in the West bank seemed to fade away two days after the mass brawl at the site. Now the Sabbath is shamed and humiliated, waiting for different times.
But how will Rabbi Shach be remembered in another generation or two?
It's as if he belongs everywhere, while he actually belongs nowhere. He's simultaneously a salt-of-the-earth kibbutznik and an extreme rightist imbued with messianic fervor. He's a senior officer as well as an irresponsible settler. He's a coarse politician, but an enthusiastic preacher of unity and brotherhood.
The unity government appears to the Labor Party veterans to be a necessity resulting from the situation and Ariel Sharon is one of them - a Mapainik, anachronistic, a believer in government involvement in the economy, nostalgic for his farm days, and he curses in Russian.
Secular Israelis who dream of the day when education and integration will bring about the collapse of Haredi society would do well to observe the Haredim in New York and London, who function well within both a secular state and rigorous Orthodoxy.