Orthodox Schools Are Right to Oppose Government Intrusion—but Must Provide Their Students with Adequate Secular Educations

In March, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician Yisrael Aumann, a devout Jew, submitted an affidavit in support of several ḥaredi schools that were seeking relief from a set of regulatory fiats issued by New York State’s department of education. In the affidavit Aumann wrote of his own experience attending such schools in the 1930s and 40s, and argued that the education he received there set him on his own distinguished career path. More recently, Aumann has become increasingly concerned by reports from current and former students of ḥaredi schools who believe themselves to have been gravely disadvantaged by the inadequacy of the secular educations they received:

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More about: American Judaism, Freedom of Religion, Jewish education, Ultra-Orthodox

Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli society, Ultra-Orthodox