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Old 03-27-2013, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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In recent days I have seen several advertisements on television requesting donations to some Jewish organization to provide financial assistance to poor Jews living in Israel. We in the United States have been given the impression that Israel is a prosperous nation. Is this impression incorrect?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:25 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Every country - except possibly Monaco and the Vatican City - has poor people.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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Every country - except possibly Monaco and the Vatican City - has poor people.
This is a true statement. In Israel many of the immigrants that came from the former USSR are not in a good financial situation especially older senior citizens.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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My understanding is that the Haredim, or ultra-Orthodox, have a high poverty rate because they have large families and that their employment prospects/opportunities are limited because their education in religious schools don't provide them with the skills in demand for the high tech sectors.

Many of the mien are full-time religious scholars and get a small stipend from the state for this. Many are also exempt from compulsory military training. Not serving in the military is actually detrimental to many of these haredim, because they don't benefit from making personal, life-long relationships in the military that often extend into civilian life. Also, the haredim exemption from military service, combined with the state subsidies given to these families for income support, has led to a lot of resentment from other more secular Israelis, to the point that a couple of the political parties in the recent Israeli elections made removal of the Haredim military exemption a key political issue - including one of the major coalition partners, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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My understanding is that the Haredim, or ultra-Orthodox, have a high poverty rate because they have large families and that their employment prospects/opportunities are limited because their education in religious schools don't provide them with the skills in demand for the high tech sectors.

Many of the mien are full-time religious scholars and get a small stipend from the state for this. Many are also exempt from compulsory military training. Not serving in the military is actually detrimental to many of these haredim, because they don't benefit from making personal, life-long relationships in the military that often extend into civilian life. Also, the haredim exemption from military service, combined with the state subsidies given to these families for income support, has led to a lot of resentment from other more secular Israelis, to the point that a couple of the political parties in the recent Israeli elections made removal of the Haredim military exemption a key political issue - including one of the major coalition partners, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
Not serving in the Israeli military makes it hard for a young Israeli to get a job in Israel as employers ask to see the military discharge papers which have a recommendation on them as to the person's character. Israeli employers are reluctant to hire young people who have not served in the military.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Here's the thread on the last time we covered the ads.

Anyone else confused by the commercial about starving Jews in Jerusalem?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Here's the thread on the last time we covered the ads.

Anyone else confused by the commercial about starving Jews in Jerusalem?

Thank you for the link. I wish it were here instead of "Politics & Other Controversies" because of all the anti-Israel rants they indulge in. It is a tossup between Israel and the United States as to which is the most hated nation by C-D posters!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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We in the United States have been given the impression that Israel is a prosperous nation. Is this impression incorrect?
Israel is prosperous in numerous ways, but due to high requirements for security a large part of their budget goes to it. Thus as security needs rise, social programs lose. Israel runs on a nearly balanced budget, so if expenses rise so does the taxes on its people. Before the crash of 2008 in the US, there were numerous donations coming in to assist in covering the social programs. But after 2008 numerous people/organizations lost millions in the stock markets, thus the donations dropped. Are there poor Israelis? Yes. Are there Israelis skipping meals to make it through the day? Also Yes. Israel like the US has a aging population and dealing with it there is nearly like dealing with it in the US.

http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/judaism.php?Itemid=9572
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I wish it were here instead of "Politics & Other Controversies" because of all the anti-Israel rants they indulge in. It is a tossup between Israel and the United States as to which is the most hated nation by C-D posters!
The only "safe" place for discussion would be in the Judaism forum as the moderators are pretty strict at keeping threads on topic.

You may want to read the following link:
http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm

The following sections pertain to your subject and may assist you in a new query:

Love and Brotherhood

The Poor and Unfortunate

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Old 04-05-2013, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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You may want to read the following link:
http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm
Great link! G-d bless!
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