Interesting. Question: is this guy trying to somehow water down Judaism as has been done to Christianity here, or is he just trying to bring the orthodox and non-orthodox Jews together?
Modern orthodox are orthodox Jews grounded in both the secular and religious worlds. I am one of them, but they are less rare in Israel. The ultra orthodox, don’t work, and don’t join the army. They feel they are helping the state by studying Torah. In the beginning of the state of Israel they set it up that people who would study would be exempt from army service. There were less than 6,000 at the time, now they number in the hundreds of thousands. They take more from the state than they contribute. Its unsustainable at its current pace and they are zealots who want to conform their way of life upon the whole country. I understand one would string together religious people and conservative values, but some of these people are lazy and are opposed to the way things run there.
It reminds me of liberals who are there taking out handouts, criticize the people who give it to them and want to make everyone live under their terms. Sorry, the monopoly has to be broken. Kudos to this rabbi. Its about damn time.