There are now about one million Haredi Israelis, and their numbers are projected to continue growing over time. They are not well integrated into the cultural and civic life of Israel, and that fact constitutes one of the great challenges facing the Jewish state in the coming decades. If Israel is to continue flourishing in the areas of economics, defense, health, and technology, it will need to incorporate this large and growing sector without undermining its unique way of life. And if Israel is to continue achieving its mission as the Jewish nation-state, then this will involve Haredi participation in the civic responsibility of nation building. The Haredi integration movement is slowly gaining traction, but like every social movement, it requires strong intellectual foundations. Given the nature of Haredi Judaism, the insights of conservative sociology, conservative public policy research, and conservative political philosophy can enrich the foundations of the Haredi integration into Israeli public life. Join the distinguished Haredi dayan, Hebrew University law school graduate, Israeli Supreme Court clerk, and editor of the Tikvah Fund’s journal of Haredi intellectual life, Tzarich Iyun, Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer as he describes Israel’s Haredi challenge.
Israel's Haredi Challenge
R. Yehoshua Pfeffer