Despite their numbers and importance, the ultra-Orthodox are Israel’s biggest sociological mystery.
In some ways, the law prioritizes Diaspora Jews over non-Jewish Israeli citizens. But in other ways, Israeli law is antithetical to their values.
Jews often describe themselves as having a responsibility to work toward tikkun olam, the repairing of the social problems and ethical shortcomings of our time. To many Jews this is a familiar concept on both a private and communal level, but it takes on an entirely new meaning with the modern State of Israel.