June 29, 2018
The statistics are simply staggering. Numbering roughly 1 million citizens, the haredi—or ultra-Orthodox—population of Israel is the country's fastest-growing demographic group. Today, close to a third of Israeli first-graders are enrolled in haredi schools. The future of the Jewish state is thus closely tied to the future of this sector. In this episode of Kikar, Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer, editor of the groundbreaking journal of haredi thought Tzarich Iyun, joins Jonathan Silver for a discussion about this unique community and what it can gain from an engagement with the conservative tradition. Kikar is brought to you by the Jewish Leadership Conference (JLC). To learn more about the JLC, visit www.jewishleadershipconference.org.