There is another way, and I ask the movements to take a step back and consider. It is easy to understand the appeal of recognition at Robinson’s Arch. But there are tangible, powerful, facts-on-the-ground changes that the movements could set in motion, if they go another way with the clout, and the money that the deal they negotiated would give them.

Take the money, take the political payoff the state “owes” you for being unwilling to implement the deal against haredi demands, and invest it in schools that teach your version of Torah. This has none of the blaze of glory that accompanied your announcement of the deal a few months ago. But the long-term payoff will be far greater and will move you far closer to what you really want here: real impact on Israeli society.

… Take a page from Chabad, from Shas: Invest in school systems.