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War Within, The

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
For many Israelis, it is the internecine conflict with the ultra-orthodox Haredim that impacts their lives the most. The majority of Haredim -- raised with an intense focus on religion at the expense of all else -- are unemployable in a modern economy. Many choose to pursue religious studies, which the government subsidizes up to the age of 40.

The first book on a conflict
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Overlook Press (first published March 7th 2013)
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Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewish-interest
I picked this up at an annual book fair held by my local Jewish center. Interestingly, it was the only book on this topic that I could find. While that fact may be a coincidence, I think it speaks to the lack of awareness most people (outside of Israel) have of that modern state’s complex social stratum. This book does an excellent job of illuminating the hot-spot issues of military conscription, education and women’s rights as they exist within the framework of secular and religious tension. Yo ...more
Jan Peczkis
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Irony to the Old "Jews as Parasites" Meme: Secular Israeli Jews Commonly Think Exactly That of the HAREDIM (ultra-Orthodox Jews)

This work, validly or invalidly, presents a negative view of Israel's ultra-Orthodox community. The authors, without actually using this word, portray them as social parasites. The heredim are accused of sponging off Israeli society because they avoid secular academic subjects and are therefore unemployable, spending their entire days studying religion instead of engagi
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Challenging book to comment on.

On the one hand it does an admirable job of laying out the conflicts between competing visions of Judaism and Israel, secular vs religious, democratic vs. theistic, the role of women in society. Even here it often devolves into esoterica and repetitiveness that is frustrating to keep straight.

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of the book is the utter lack of concern for by far the most critical aspect of life in Israel, how to address the question of Palestine.
Alex Nagler
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, politics
A very well written historical and modern study of the political rise to power of Israel's Ultra Orthodox and the stranglehold they have on all society in that country. A recommended read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern geopolitics, as it shines a light on one aspect of the conflict that doesn't receive as much historical examination as everyone else in the region.

(and I thought Borough Park Orthodox were bad...)
Erin O.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Very interesting. Recommended for anyone interested in religion, orthodoxy, or Israel.
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