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Secular Israel has spent decades asking itself what to do about chareidi society. But should chareidi society be answering that question for itself? Highlights from The Chareidi Institute for Public Affairs 2017 conference
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
There is a basic mistake that repeats itself in all outside studies on chareidi society. All these researchers try to establish their own models for this sector to follow, to determine how it should behave, and how to integrate it into Israeli society. But chareidi society doesn’t need advice or people to give it a behavioral model.
Chareidi society is a significant resource for Israeli society. To that end, the Chareidi Institute for Public Affairs — founded in 2014 by social entrepreneur and Mishpacha publisher Eli Paley — was created to promote systematic, professional dialogue regarding the specific dynamics relating to this sector, through accurate analysis and strategic involvement in policymaking.
Last week the Institute hosted its annual conference focusing on its role in facilitating long-range policy making with regard to key issues facing the chareidi sector and its complex government interface.
“In light of the irreversible fact that Torah is the primary central value, the chareidi parent educates his children — irrespective of what they will do in the future — that during their formative years as bochurim they will concentrate on Torah learning. Based on this premise, we can come up with ideas about how to advance various programs that take advantage of this talented human resource. But any plan that does not understand the essence of chareidi ideology cannot provide the tools that will enable integration and prosperity.”
– Eli Paley, Chairman
Chareidi Institute for Public Affairs“I am in my second round at the Interior Ministry, and we always dreamed of a time when the chareidim would have a professional research institute that could present facts about the real needs, and provide real solutions for an idealistic, motivated population that doesn’t always have the tools to spearhead those solutions.
“I see in you the perpetuators of those who renewed the Old Yishuv. Once, they built neighborhoods outside the walls; today, they develop apps that plan cities. But you need the same qualities: initiative, far-reaching thinking, and in short, everything that you will find in Maseches Bava Metzia. I respect those who learn and I think that the State of Israel needs to enable those who want to learn to do so — to support Torah learners is a privilege. Israeli society needs significant and courageous dialogue, and you are making this possible with a brave, professional, and penetrating discourse.”
• – Reuven Rivlin
President, State of Israel
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