The British Government Has Stopped Persecuting Jewish Religious Schools. Now Those Schools Should Take Stock of Their Own Shortcomings

Eli Spitzer
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Oct. 15 2020
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Eli Spitzer is a Mosaic columnist and the headmaster of a Hasidic boys’ school in London. He blogs and hosts a podcast at elispitzer.com.

In the United Kingdom, most ultra-Orthodox schools operate as public institutions and are therefore subjected to frequent scrutiny by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). Recently this has caused particular friction because these schools refuse to comply with requirements that they teach elementary-school students about homosexuality, transgenderism, and so forth. Ḥaredi schools have received frequent surprise inspections during which students were asked invasive questions about sex and “lifestyle choices,” to the consternation of teachers, parents, and administrators. Thus British Ḥaredim are understandably relieved that OFSTED ruled last month that their elementary schools would no longer be under pressure to teach about same-sex marriage. Eli Spitzer argues, however, that these schools now face a reckoning:

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More about: British Jewry, Freedom of Religion, Jewish education, Ultra-Orthodox, United Kingdom

Hamas and Hizballah Won’t Give Up Their Radical Goals for Economic Benefits

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In his first interview after leaving office, the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, admitted that he had erred in believing that Israel could come to some sort of accord with Hamas. In his own words:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Mossad