Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Tale of Two Israelis

Which would you prefer -- college or kollel (which is where post secondary unmarried and married men spend the whole day studying religious studies)? In Israel, the choice doesn't simply mean a difference in study subject matter. It also means a difference in state funding. Many ultra-Orthodox accept government welfare subsidies in lieu of working since they are spending all day studying Torah while the less religiously inclined need to find jobs (and through their taxes fund the so-called "scholars). This YouTube video designed to look like the old school video games in the tradition of Super Mario Bros. takes us through the lives of a secular Israeli and his haredi counterpart.

(h/t Tablet Magazine)

I'm so glad that nothing like that happens in the U.S. I mean, it's not like we subsidize religious communities and people who don't seem inclined to go to college and find proper jobs. Oh wait, we do. Hello Kiryas Joel.

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