Yehoshua Pfeffer, a rabbi and rabbinical judge, holds a law degree from the Hebrew University and clerked at the Israel Supreme Court. He has taught at a number of yeshivas, published widely on Jewish law and thought, and is currently directing programs for the haredi community in Israel for the Tikvah Fund.
Why do Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews so adamantly decline to serve in the military—and could that change? A communal leader walks us through the deliberations taking place.
The coronavirus has dramatized the tensions in Israeli society. This week, a ḥaredi communal leader joins us to chart a path forward.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been one of the hardest-hit groups in Israel and elsewhere. Why?
The leading ultra-Orthodox intellectual joins us to explain the key conflicts surrounding the place of his community within Israeli society.
They’re not anti-Zionist. They’re not right-wing extremists. They’re not even against birth control.