The S family has resided in Ramat beit Shemesh for the past 14 years, a frum family, a family described as ‘chareidi’ by Yediot Achronot, explaining dad wears a black yarmulke and the children are educated in chareidi mosdos. Two of the six children are serving in Nachal Chareidi and as a result, they are constantly the target of verbal abuse as they return home in IDF uniform.
According to a daughter, Aleph, who is 15, she has had enough of the insults and being spat upon for not being frum enough. She explains that she has been spat upon and insulted many times when she gets off the bus returning home by frum residents who feel their family is simply not frum enough for the community. She explains that friends visiting her suffered the same fate.
Family members feel this is not the work of one or two rotten apples, but an organized effort intended to pressure them into leaving the community.
Yediot reports the family has received more than one letter from area rabbonim addressing the lack of modest dress by some of the daughters, explaining they are not in line with the standards of the community. One letter signed by the Vaad Tznius ends “It is out hope that we will not be compelled to defend our homes like a bereaved bear because the result will fall solely on the stubborn ones”.
Another letter contains a quote “we have come to the realization that your home is an entertainment center for males and females off the derech and they use the tomei internet, the mother of sin, which of course has no place in our holy community, one comprised predominately of chareidim”.
The father explains rabbonim have not assisted in the way he sought, explaining they told him to increase family modesty and yiras Shomayim, adding they have been compelled to cancel police complaints for fear of retaliation.
As a result, the family explains they have had enough and they are throwing in the towel, deciding to move. Dad explains he has had enough of seeing the soldiers targeted when they return home, explaining the family cherishes volunteerism and other forms of giving back to the community but these values are not shared by his neighbors. As such, they are selling their apartment and settling down in a new community.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)