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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Knesset Honors FB Page Which Brings People Together

“Haredim - Nice to Meet You” is a special Facebook page which encourages dialogue. Members of the page met in the Knesset.

The eve of one of the most solemn days in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av, brought together on Monday members of a Facebook page meant to bridge gaps between hareidi religious and secular Israelis and break the stereotypes.

The members of the “Hareidim - Nice to Meet You” page met in the Knesset in the presence of Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and Deputy Minister Leah Ness.

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The page was created about a year ago, and as page manager Yael Navon Kliger told Arutz Sheva, “Our page is in essence a page for direct dialogue between sectors, a page which eventually leads to unity and love.

“The discourse is a public one,” she added. “All the discussions are public. Everybody sees the correspondence. People who spend time on the internet are people who reach an interaction and conduct some form or other of dialogue.”

Rivlin praised the members for their work to speak with one another and said, “I think that dialogue is the lifeblood of Israeli society, whether it’s dialogue between Jews, between left and right, between Jews and Arabs, between older and younger citizenry, between rich and poor.

“The role of this group is to create dialogue, to create the ability to exchange opinions,” added Rivlin. “Exchanging opinions is something which does not require an agreement. It requires understanding and each side listening to the other side’s version. Even though we don’t agree, we respect each other’s opinion, and that’s why I feel this meeting is very important and I’m happy to be here.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, the members signed a joint pact which calls for unity and love among the people of Israel. The pact signing took place with the blessing of the Knesset Speaker, who was the first to sign.

Video: Hebrew clip produced by “Hareidim - Nice to Meet You” about a need for real dialogue in the Israeli society:

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