The Arabs understand the pain of the ultra-Orthodox. They experience the same contempt from the police and the minister of public security.
On one hand some rock cut burials dating back to the time of the Mishna are present in Meron. On the other, no archaeological evidence linking them to the Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was ever found.
The Meron misfortune reflects a larger problem that Israel has with haredi politics, in which Arye Deri is a key culprit.
There was something biblical about both the scope and nature of the disaster that took the lives of 45 people in the early hours of Friday morning, April 30.
It was easier to impose a national lockdown than differentiated policies, Tomer Lotan, executive director at the National Coronavirus Taskforce, tells Post.
As the public began to learn the victims' identities on Friday, the personal aspect of the tragedy began to come into greater focus for Jewish communities worldwide.
Over and over again, the same refrains were uttered: “We must unite,” “We all share the same fate” and “We must learn to live together with one another despite our differences.”
And the most pervasive question of all: Why did God allow this to happen?
Haredim cannot be expected to respect secular culture. Secular people, meanwhile, cannot be expected to respect the haredi way.
Our students never blamed the police or the hassidim. They showed concern for everyone.