Presence of Paranoia?

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  1. Tuvya Stern says:

    One thing to take into consideration — Israeli standards of
    journalism are completely different from those in the US. It is
    acceptable to editorialize and make ad hominem remarks in a
    regular news or human interest piece. Israeli media is also a
    lot less subtle and more coarse in its reporting. When translated
    literally into English, Israeli journalism reads almost childish
    to an American. Add the fact that Haaretz has a horrible staff
    of translators — and I mean horrible — and you get awkward
    and inappropriate articles.

    By the way, the Hebrew version of Haaretz is very much antagonstic
    to Haredim. However, it doesn’t feel as offensive when taken in
    context.

  2. Steve Brizel says:

    David Landau’s book “Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism” is an excellent view by an
    outsider with some excellent contacts in the Charedi world. If you enjoyed either William Helmreich’s
    or Samuel Heilman’s works or “Real Jews”, then by all means, read Landau’s work as well. I think
    that Haaretz is never going to be either the Yated, Hamodia, Mishpacha, the JO or Jewish Action in
    its coverage or editorial views towards any section of the frum world. That is evident from its
    coverage of the charedi world and the disengagement. However,the question remains whether Landau
    will be better than the former editors-whose anti religious streak was notoriously in print. RYBS once
    commented that some of the views expressed in Haaretz about religious Jews reminded him of
    the Nazi papers.

  3. Yaakov Menken says:

    Whether or not the previous editors of HaAretz were even worse, the fact remains that both Landau and Samuel (“Defenders of the Faith: Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewry”) Heilman have been repeatedly and roundly castigated by charedi writers for claiming to understand us, and instead erecting the weakest of facades of a community that exists nowhere outside their minds.

    One who reads either of those books emerges with the view of charedim as unthinking fundamentalists. According to them, a journal like Cross-Currents simply could not exist.

    So we put the lie to their diatribes every time we publish.

  4. Moshe says:

    The Israeli Haredi world is impenetrable to outsiders. There are too many linguistic and cultural peculiarities. I could compose a mutiple choice test about the Haredi world which neither Heilman, Landau, nor any sociologist of Haredim would pass. Does Landau know the difference between the two groups of Slonim? Does Heilman understand the difference between Yerushalmi
    Chasidim and and non-Yerushalmi? The Haredi world is so sociologically complex that most academics end up writing wrong and inane ideas instead of acurately describing what is going on.

  5. Michoel says:

    For all Haaretz’s hostility, I think it is often better than the more conservative Jeruslem Post. The post can be very supperficial while Haaretz often makes an effort at depth.

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