As Aharon Ariel Lavi cogently describes, Israel’s haredi community falls far short of realizing its economic potential. But economic underperformance is hardly its main problem. To understand how Israeli haredim are failing to achieve their own objectives, we must first understand what these objectives are and how haredim hope to achieve them.
How the Ultra-Orthodox Undermine Themselves
For many members of Israel’s haredi community, loyalty is signaled by rendering oneself useless in the outside world.