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The conflict in Gaza is causing changes in relationships between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis.

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The recent Gaza War has had significant implications for the relationship between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis. The conflict, which was initiated by Hamas last October, has led to moments of unity between different segments of Israeli society as they face a common threat. In a neighborhood in Jerusalem, ultra-Orthodox residents welcomed a soldier returning from military service, while at a religious seminary, students listened to an officer talk about his duties. Additionally, in a synagogue attended by devout Jews, a Torah scroll was dedicated in memory of a soldier who lost his life in Gaza.

The war has reignited the debate surrounding military exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. While most Israelis are required to serve in the military, Haredim are exempted to focus on religious studies. This has led to resentment from secular Israelis who feel that the community is not contributing enough to the country. Efforts to integrate the ultra-Orthodox into the military and workforce have faced resistance from many Haredim who view army service as a threat to their religious way of life.

However, in the wake of the attacks in Gaza, there has been a shift in attitudes within the ultra-Orthodox community. Polls show that a growing number of Haredim are expressing support for or interest in military service, despite the majority still seeking to maintain their exemption. This has led to greater solidarity between different segments of Israeli society as they navigate the aftermath of the conflict.

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a critical decision regarding the inclusion of Haredim in the military draft, which has the potential to impact the governing coalition. Despite the challenges involved in integrating a conservative population like the ultra-Orthodox into the modern military, there has been an increase in Haredim seeking to join the army in recent months.

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Some leaders within the Haredi community have hinted at a shift in mindset following the events of the Gaza War. Yitzhak Goldknopf, a Haredi government minister, has expressed willingness to allow those who are not inclined towards Torah scholarship to join the army. This signifies a potential change in the traditional views held by many within the ultra-Orthodox community.

Overall, the Gaza War has brought about a reevaluation of the relationship between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis. While there are still deep divisions and challenges to overcome, there are signs of progress towards greater integration and understanding between different segments of Israeli society. This shift in dynamics has the potential to shape the future of the country and its diverse population.

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It is a rare thing in our rapidly secularizing country to be confronted with piety and devotion in popular culture. So it was a surprise, and a balm, to watch a man who prays daily and talks openly about his devout faith storm a bastion of earthly godlessness: “Saturday Night Live.”

I am referring, of course, to the comedian Ramy Youssef, who hosted the show on what he described in his opening monologue as “an incredibly spiritual weekend,” noting Ramadan, Easter and the arrival of a new Beyoncé album.

“I’m doing the Ramadan one,” he quipped, to peals of laughter, unspooling a very funny bit about how loving Muslims are. Youssef has mined his experience as a believer among the profane in gentle standup specials and a namesake sitcom. His entire monologue glowed with a welcoming warmth — Muslims, he seemed to say: We’re just like you.

In a country that is supposedly obsessed with diversity and inclusion, it is remarkable how rare it is to hear from a practicing Muslim in America.

Surveys by the Institute for Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research organization focused on Muslim Americans, have consistently found that Muslims are the most likely group to report religious discrimination in the United States. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2021, 78 percent of Americans said that there was either a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in our society. Muslims are no more likely to commit crimes than members of any other group, but crimes in which Muslims are suspects get outsized media coverage, research has shown.

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It is no surprise, then, that Islamophobia is perhaps the most tolerated form of religious prejudice. Right now, Senate Republicans appear to have persuaded several Senate Democrats to vote against a Muslim judicial nominee after smearing him, with no evidence at all, as an antisemite.

Many of the skits that toyed with religion on “S.N.L.” on Saturday were funny — Ozempic for Ramadan! Genius. But part of me winced through them as well, because I saw in Youssef something that other members of minority groups have had to do to “earn” their place in the safety of the mainstream: the performance of normalcy, of being nonthreatening and sweet, the requirement to prove that your community belongs in America just like everyone else’s.

I loved Youssef’s monologue, in which he bravely pleaded, “Please, free the people of Palestine. And please, free the hostages. All of the hostages.”

“I am out of ideas,” Youssef declared toward the end of his monologue. “All I have is prayers.”

To which this nonbeliever can only say: Same, Ramy. Same.

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