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Naftali Bennett, Don’t Be Tempted to Prove That You’re Right-wing

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Shalom Naftali,

In a few days from now I’ll likely switch from this friendly form of address to something more formal, as befits a statesmanlike person like me. With your permission, I will take advantage of the time remaining to give you some friendly advice.

Have you ever heard of Gittel, who stands on the roof of the Zupnik building in Mea She’arim and shouts very loudly? They say that she is responsible for all the halachic stringencies. The Zionist rabbis are afraid of being lenient, for fear of the reaction of the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. They in turn are stringent in order not to anger the rabbis of the Eda Haredit, who in turn are afraid of a tongue-lashing from the head rabbi of the Eda. And the head rabbi himself? He trembles at the thought that Gittel will shout from the rooftop: “Beware of me. Have you become Reform?”

Naftali, for too many years the so-called Israeli right has aligned itself with the shouts of the........

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