The Emmanuel challenge

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that some parents of Emmanuel’s Beis Yaakov school will be imprisoned for not sending their kids to school. The issue brought on a massive demonstration. Although the court treated it as an issue of discrimination, a closer look reveals it is more complex. See here for the facts.

I agree with the Muqata blog conclusion that each side will think it has won, when in fact we have all lost. But there is a reason why it did happen. It points to deeper societal issues and divides. Two of the Muqata blog comments particularly caught my eye: Norman wrote, “Religious Jews see the decision as another example of the leftist Supreme Court imposing the unelected leftist elite’s preferences on them. That is why the Israeli Supreme Court is held in so little esteem by the public as its composition is not representative of the entire nation.” Menachem wrote, “…All they needed to do was send their kids back to school for 2 weeks, just 2 weeks. As you stated the issue will most likely be resolved over the summer with the advent of a new school…What I do see is a typically inflexible Chareidi attitude and a complete contempt for anything that the state does. It’s that contempt for which these parents are being threatened with jail…”

A logotherapeutic view will go further than only decrying the situation. It will say, this event is presenting a challenge to Israeli society. It’s a fact that large segments of society feel the Supreme Court does not represent them and does not represent justice. Large segments of society believe the charedim hold everyone else in contempt. Large segments of society believe the government is not looking after their interests in education, welfare, security and many other areas. Large segments of society believe that the only way to accomplish anything is by force.

This is the condition of the Jewish people at this time in our history. If we don’t like the way things are, we have to know that this is our mandate: Change it. Our job is cut out for us. I don’t have an answer but maybe you do. (by Batya Yaniger)

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