It’s true that for many secular Israelis, the Orthodox, the ultra-Orthodox and the religious establishment in general have far too much say in our country. Many see them as “the other,” as a bone-in-the-craw entity trying to run our lives. In their turn, they pity the secular as strayed lambs who need to be returned to the fold of Torah and mitzvot. Both “sides” have their extremists who eschew dialogue and embrace intolerance.

However, neither view excuses the anti-religion, leaving-no-cliché unturned, melodramatic rant that is Fleischer, in which the ultra-Orthodox are portrayed as manipulative invaders who will stop at (practically) nothing to get what they want.


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