“My conflict with the chareidi parties is not about Yiddishkeit” stated Yesh Atid party chairman, MK Yair Lapid, who holds the second slot on the Blue & White party list, during the Maariv and Jerusalem Post Conference taking place on Tuesday.
According to Lapid, “They are trying to claim it is about Yiddishkheit. The conflict with them is about learning math and English in the chareidi education system and not about Yiddishkheit. The Vilna Gaon was a mathematical genius. The Rambam was a doctor. King Shlomo spoke 70 languages. Where is the issue with learning English? It is a matter of economics. One of parnasa. If their children do not learn math and English, they will not have the tools for the workplace. They will not be able to support themselves. If they cannot support themselves, who will support them? Our children? Why?”
Lapid insists that he is no less Jewish than the heads of the chareidi parties and they will not tell him how to live. “Yiddishkeit is a central part of me life. It is my identity. My Yiddishkeit is a part of how my family conducts its life, my Shabbos table. Certainly, my choice to live in Israel is a Jewish choice. What does this say about the conflict I have with Litzman and Deri? Nothing! Nothing at all. I don’t ask Litzman and Deri how to live as a Jew. No one certified them to speak in the name of Yiddishkeit. I am no less Jewish than them at all. I do not tell them how to live as a Jew. They will not tell me how to live as a Jew…”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)