The Times reports on a significant Talmudic clash of cultures in Israel.
The mainstream secular culture considers it desirable and preferable for adult men to work in materially productive jobs. The Haredi Orthodox culture deems it worthy that adult men (now 60% of them) sit in Yeshivas and (ostensibly) study Torah, which they deem to be a spiritually productive occupation.
The Haredis believe that the study of Torah contributes to the welfare of the Jewish people and sustains the world in mystical ways.
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