Apart from that, many social problems, previously unknown in
If I may be cynical for the moment and say that society in
1. The "Combinot".
2. The "Friarim".
The latter usually works for the former and remains subservient less he be replaced and be reduced to an unemployed status. The former usually prospers at the expense of the latter. "Friarim" never die - they are only replaced is an old saying but still rings true.
After spending over 30 years in
Many of the problems, such as salary erosion and not paying salary on time to many sectors of society, is a practice that ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms. Firing of teachers, which will result in the already faltering educational system deteriorating even further, should be a major concern. As it is, we are witnessing adolescent crime and violence that seems to be on the increase. The police are so busy gearing up for disengagement that there is no police force to combat juvenile crime. Family violence - hardly reported a generation ago has become prevalent. Much of it is due to stress. Damage to public and private property is on the rise. Police never catch the culprits. Patrolling police officers, who could act as a crime deterrent, are not there.
We cannot live on idealism alone and
The immigrants that arrive in
Those who make it in
Another serious problem is the migrant worker. These people come to
What has happened to Jewish values in
1. The ultra-Orthodox, who have much influence in political deals.
2. The Right wing Zionist National Religious many of whom are extreme in their political outlook and believe in colonization of the occupied territories.
Mainstream moderate Judaism, with its history of tolerance, is not the name of the game in
There is a certain emptiness and sadness because the values that we held in the Diaspora have become eroded and has been replaced by a struggle for survival. Israeli-style Orthodox Judaism does not have any common language for many people. It is full of doctrinarism, outmoded rituals and drives many people out of the fold.
Those who decide to come on Aliyah will find that their expectations in the social and religious sphere will be thwarted. They will have to adjust to a rough and ready society, less caring than a generation ago.