Poll: 61.4% Of Religious-Zionists Listen To Kol Isha, Only 54.4% Say a Brocha Before Drinking

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The weekend magazine of Mekor Rishon recently published a survey of religious Zionist men in which 61.4% of respondents, including 41.7% who classified themselves as Torani, admitted that they listen to female soloists at musical events. 17.3% of the respondents said they do not don tefillin on a daily basis and only 38.8% said they were particular to daven Ma’ariv every day. Only 54.4% of the respondents were particular to recite a brocha before drinking and only 26.4% always recited a brocha afterwards. 73.9% of them said they recite a brocha before eating bread.

“The figures are not surprising,” wrote blogger Tomer Persico, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. “Anyone familiar with religious Zionist circles knows the phenomenon.”

“On a very simple level, this survey shows that many religious Zionists are sort of traditionalist,” he added. “Their approach to halacha allows them to live well with a permanent non-commitment.”

“Secular Jews should take this survey as a positive sign regarding the nature of religious Zionism,” he wrote. “The chardalim (committed religious Zionists) are a small group and even they are not devout regarding everything. Most religious Zionists are partner to the basic vision of a modern world. This is important and very good.”

However, “It is true that religious Zionism is a part of the Western-democratic culture, but this is only for the meanwhile,” another blog commentator noted. “The chardal is becoming more devout and extreme while the outsiders are increasing and weakening.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

11 COMMENTS

  1. “Most religious Zionists are partner to the basic vision of a modern world. This is important and very good.”
    Could this be?

    This would be most worrying of all

  2. Walk into any kosher restaurant during the week and you will see the same phenomenon regardless of hashkafic self definition.

  3. Is this L”H? This group isn’t orthodox so it’s to be expected. The term includes a very broad range of shmiras mitzvos.

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