Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Yisrael Meir Lau made an appearance in Bnei Brak on Monday to affix a mezuzah to the new Prog Center.
He addressed the recent alarming anti-chareidi sentiment evident in the media, questioning those who say “the chareidim do not join the workforce, and as a result, are compelled to join the ranks of poverty”. He stated the ceremony, affixing a mezuzah to the new chareidi center is proof that this is not entirely true, pointing to those chareidim operating businesses and earning a livelihood.
He went on to explain that secularists approach him, questioning why he does not speak out to instruct chareidim to seek employment. Rabbi Lau feels that the chareidi community doesn’t need better PR, because “the problem does not rest with us, but with them. When they decide to accept us as they are, then all will see just how baseless their comments really are”.
Prominent chareidi askan Dudi Zilbershlag added “If only they would contribute one percent to the public service that their chareidi neighbors do, things would look better”.
Bnei Brak Mayor Yaakov Asher added that what is needed is affirmative action and he questions why no one is addressing this.
Deputy Minister Meir Porush was also on hand, citing his shlichus to assist developing jobs and careers for members of the chareidi community, boasting the recent accomplishments in introducing chareidim into the high tech community.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)