As you have doubtless seen by now, Rabbi Yehuda Bloch, a spokesman for the Nahal Hareidi program in the IDF, penned a piece last month, "12 Good Reasons Why Secular Israelis Reject Haredim". His first three points:
1. We've chosen, for understandable educational reasons, to withdraw and
live in exclusively Haredi cities and neighborhoods, avoiding as much
as possible any social contact with the secular.
This is legitimate and understandable, but as a result they don't really
know us, amd so they naturally view us as bizarre, in our manner of
dress, our behavior, and our language. This creates aversion and
alienation. Why, then, we are angry at them for treating us this way?
2. We chose, for educational reasons—although some of us really believe
it—to teach our children that all secular Israelis are sinners, vacuous,
with no values, and corrupt.
This could possibly be a legitimate view, but, then, why are we shocked
when the secular, in return, teach their own children that the Haredim
are all primitive, with outdated and despicable values?
3. We have chosen, for the sake of the preservation of Torah in Israel,
to prevent our sons from participating in carrying the heavy burden of
security, and instead tasked them with learning Torah.
Of course we could not give that up, but why are we outraged and
offended when the secular, who do not recognize nor understand this
need—or rather most of them are familiar with the issue, but argue that
there should be quotas—see us as immoral, and some despise us as a
Naturally, his article - the rest of which is available here - was a big hit among critics of Hareidi society. However, I wonder: What would appear in an article entitled, "12 Good Reasons Why Haredim Reject Modern Orthodoxy"?
I have a few ideas, but I'm more interested in yours: What do you think would belong on the list?