Ultra-Orthodox Jews In Israel Face Reform Drive As Haredim Resist Rapid Change

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Often living in de-facto ghettos of their own making, the majority of Haredi men are allowed to shun the army and dedicate their life to religious study, living off donations, state benefits and the often meager wages of wives, many of whom work. In a country where most 18-year-old Jewish men and women are conscripted to maintain a standing and reserve army over 600,000 strong, such treatment is causing growing resentment.

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