Reflections on the haredi anti-draft rally

To see a large-scale show of idealism at the rally was a relative rarity to admire, irrespective of one's views on the topic. A combination of unity and idealism would take us a long way.

Haredi demonstration against IDF enlistment legislation in Jerusalem, May 16, 2013
Photo by: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
I assume that most people have seen footage and pictures from the mass haredi-organised rally in Jerusalem on Sunday. Regardless of one's personal views on the current legislation, one cannot but be amazed and even awed by a gathering of this size; estimates of over 600,000 people (men, women and children) - over ten percent of the Jewish population of Israel and around 10% of the entire population. Upon reflection, here are five things we can learn from the rally:

1) Efficient organization. The organization by the protest organizers, the police and medical services (Magen David Adom and United Hatzala) was superbly efficient. The speedy attention given to those who required treatment due to heat, the provision of water to the masses, and the careful planning of the event was commendable and extremely impressive.

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