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.