|Ultra-Orthodox protesters fill Jerusalem streets Sunday.|
Exemptions from military conscription were given to the ultra-Orthodox when Israel was created in 1948. At that time there were only 400 yeshiva students.The high-minded luxury of religious principle and learning -- the 'immutable bedrock' -- shapeshifts into a less enthralling wisdom.
Now owing to their high birth rate, the ultra-Orthodox account for about 10% of the country's population of about eight million people.
They are a relatively poor social group. Most ultra-Orthodox men are unemployed because of their religious studies and rely on donations, state benefits and their wives' wages to live.
It's much the same for individuals, I imagine. 'Immutable and eternal' values have a way of snickering.