Monday, November 21, 2011
There is a shocking ignorance about Orthodox Jews (Haredim). The fishwrap we read at home, HaAretz, treats them as an alien race, barely human and formed from a different clay than the secular Israeli. Being from another generation, I remember how thin and aleatory was the fate that made one man a Haredi and his brother a kibbutznik. Example: Dov Lior. After the war he found himself an orphan and attempted to board the Exodus, eventually arriving on the Negba. He Hebraized his galuth name Leibland to the Zionist Lior. By sheer chance he "was cought" by a yeshive, while his two brothers joined the communist Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz HaMa'apilim (in post-war Germany, the pic shows Kibbutz Buchenwald). It could have easily been different. Today, he has eleven children and over fifty grandchildren; his brothers the kibbutzniks, less if any. When I made aliyah, I could have easily settled in Meah Shearim with my uncle, but got a good job in Tahal in Tel Aviv.