Saturday, April 22, 2006

Here and There in the Land of Israel

I just finished reading R. Yisrael Meir Lau's Autobiographical memoir, אל תשלח ידך אל הנער. It's very well written (and often, extremely moving). Today's NRG effectively announced his candidacy for President of Israel. I'm all in favor of his candidacy (on its own rights, never mind the totally awful alternatives). He reaches all sectors of society and would fill a crucial role in rejudaizing the country.

Ben Chorin has a great take on Pesah in a Dead Sea Hotel.


Shahar Ilan reports on important sociological changes in the Haredi community, as a result of more Haredi men entering the work force. I think it's important to keep in mind that this is likely an expression of confidence and not an example of incipient assimilation.


Anonymous said...

I fear that Rabbi Lau's candidacy may work because the public couldn't care less about the president.
I don't think R. Lau's candidacy has much to do with his religious personna, but rather his pareve one.

Jeffrey said...

While I am not unaware of Rabbi Lau's shortcomings, especially his need to be accepted by everybody, I disagree with your conclusion.

I've seen R. Lau make large groups of initially hostile secular Jews melt and walk away with new-found respect for the Torah. He could make a serious contribution to the rescue of this county's soul. In addition, I think you underestimate just how deeply the people are thirsting for leadership.