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Jerusalem protests look to preserve ultra-Orthodox lifestyle

• yahoo.com by Aron Heller

Instead, the demonstrations reflect a desperate attempt by members of a vocal minority trying to preserve a lifestyle that is rapidly changing around them.

Widely seen as a drag on the country's economy, Israel's ultra-Orthodox world is being forced to adapt — with growing numbers embracing technology, pursuing higher education, entering the work force and even serving in the army.

Experts say tomorrow's ultra-Orthodox will look much different from the community that mainstream Israel fears today.

"If you are expecting everything to change tomorrow morning — that is not going to happen. But if this is done quietly and it is not forced upon us, it will happen on its own," said Gidon Katz, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who runs and advertising and public relations agency in Jerusalem.

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