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Apr 26, 2012

The Haredi Community and Yom HaAtzmaut

Every year the debate of how the haredi public relates, or should relate, to the State of Israel and Yom HaAtzmaut is renewed with interesting perspectives and opinions.

This year there were a number of articles I saw describing how the haredi community, including both the gedolim and the haredi media, related to Israel and Yom HaAtzmaut in the earlier days of the State.

The best of the articles, the most interesting and fascinating, that I have read, in my opinion, is this article called "When Unity reigned: Yom HaAtzmaut 1954" about how the rosh yeshiva of Telshe yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio, Rav Eliyahu Meir Bloch, participated in a Yom HaAtzmaut event and wrote favorably about Israel when he defended his position. I would also note that the footnotes are just as, or possibly even more, interesting and fascinating as the article itself.

Well worth a read.


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2 comments:

  1. not nogeah ... in those days all other jews including MO/DL were like the poritz, and the haredim had to dance Mah Yofis....

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  2. not nogeah what? it is a fascinating look at a slice of history...

    and besides, this was in Cleveland, not Israel. Nobody was the poritz and the haredi community in Cleveland owed nobody anything.

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