Five of Haaretz's Top Long-form Articles for a Stormy Sunday

From issues facing religious communities to Breaking the Silence's surprising predecessor, enjoy a few top stories in the comfort of your warm home, blizzard optional.

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Whether you are stuck at home in the New York snow or don't feel like going out to the rainy streets of Tel Aviv, warm up and enjoy a few of our finest long-reads:

For Yisrael and Rachel Heller, moving from one Beit Shemesh neighborhood to another changed their world, Tamar Rotem finds out. As part of a wave of Israelis abandoning the Haredi world, they are now giving their children an education that promises what they believe is a brighter future.

The Hellers.
Emil Salman

Another religious community faces troubles in Yair Ettinger's in-depth coverage of a sexual abuse case that took place in Gush Katif before the 2005 disengagement and which still hasn’t come to a close. Today, young adults are exposing and accusing their community's leadership of knowing, covering up and enabling criminals to continue their abuse.

A resident of Nitzan (illustrative)
Ilan Assayag

While Breaking the Silence has recently been making headlines, the organization isn’t the first to complain of the military's conduct. Already in 1949, Ofer Aderet reports, Israel's first foreign minister, Moshe Sharett, spoke out against troops' vandalizing of Christian holy sites.

A cabinet meeting with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, 1949.
David Elran / GPO

Speaking of Israel's minorities, Nissan Shor believes that the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Haifa may just be a model of coexistence. After spending a weekend in his hometown, he reaches the conclusion that if there is a future for the State of Israel, it is being written right now in the streets that run down Mount Carmel.

Arab women at Bat Galim beach in Haifa, 2013.
Rami Shlush

Haifa is not the only Israeli city to be highlighted. After more than a decade of slumber, the capital’s high-tech industry is booming once more, bringing in companies, venture capital funds – and money. Inbal Orpaz investigates how it happened and what can be done to duplicate the model elsewhere.

A high-tech conference in Jerusalem for the ultra-Orthodox community in May 2014.
Neeman Levaby

Stay safe and warm!