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Front page of Hapeles, with reference to an english language article - "Build more jails"
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor Natan Zeev Grossman
Founded 2012
Political alignment Haredi Judaism
Country Israel

Hapeles (Hebrew: הפלס‎ – "the leveler") is a Hebrew-language daily newspaper published in Jerusalem, Israel and directed to the Haredi community. The newspaper's slogan is "Torah-world's newsletter". The newspaper is published daily except on the Jewish Sabbath. On weekends the newspaper comes out in an enlarged free edition. Hapeles was founded by leading Rabbinical authorities of our times in order to fairly represent the Torah view on different subjects.


Hapeles is a continuation of the ideology underlying line adopted by the founders of the newspaper Yated Ne'eman. Yated Ne'eman was part of a broad initiative to create communal organizations to serve the Lithuanian Torah community. Yated Ne'eman rejected secular life and displayed an ambivalent attitude towards the State of Israel and Zionism. They recognized them as a de facto political entity, but denied that Zionism was the destiny of the Jewish people. Instead the newspaper emphasized pious observance of the mitzvot of the Torah and Jewish law.

In 2012 the paper was taken over by more moderate ultra-Orthodox elements. The CEO, the editor-in-chief and some of its guiding rabbinical board members (the "spiritual committee"), who were considered to represent the more strict ideological line, were fired during the changes. Hapeles was created to continue the original direction of Yated Ne'eman. The dismissed CEO and chief editor were appointed to those positions on the new paper.


An undercovered Israeli police officer arresting a haredi child demonstrating against recruitment to IDF of yeshiva scholars. June, 2017

Campaign against recruitment of haredim

Hapeles leads an extensive campaign against recruitment of haredim to Israel Defense Forces.[1] As a result, it faced criticism from the Israeli government, including Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman.[2]

Suspicion of criminal activity

In April 2017, Hapeles editors were arrested and all the computers in the newspaper's HQ were confiscated. The charge was illegal efforts to get large companies in Israel to advertise in the newspaper.[3] However, the newspaper claimed that the charges against it were a government persecution, due to his activity against the recruitment of Haredim. The claims relied on controversial quotations of Eli Ben-Dahan, Israeli deputy minister of defence[4]
and Roni Alsheikh, the chief of Israeli police.[5]


  1. ^ Hapeles and IDF
  2. ^ Jerusalem Post Yisrael Beytenu targets extremist haredi newspaper
  3. ^ "28 בכירי העיתון החרדי "הפלס" נעצרו בחשד להטרדות ואיומים - גלובס". Globes. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  4. ^ Radio Moreshet (Min. 34. Hebrew)
  5. ^ Behadrei Haredim Police chief: "an end to the demonstrations" (Hebrew)
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