Israeli Roshei Yeshivos Discuss Housing Crisis and Solutions for Young Couples

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apartmentsDuring conferences for roshei yeshivos held in Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak under the auspices of SheHasimcha BeMe’ono, the participants discussed the housing crisis in the chareidi sector and the deep distress parents face when marrying off their children.

They also noted the pressing need to heighten awareness of group apartment purchases in outlying communities in the Central, Coastal, Northern and Southern Regions of Israel, with gemach loans available at preferred terms for the first group of avreichim to settle a new area.

The roshei yeshivos spent hours conferring about the totally unrealistic sums parents have to pay to buy an apartment in the major chareidi population centers for the young couple and remarked that undertaking such debts can reach the point of endangering their very health.

They also noted that the issue is not just a problem for the parents of prospective brides, but also affects the yeshiva students themselves, since many shidduchim fail to materialize as a result. They noted that some young couples are forced to rent a 30-square-meter “apartment” in a bomb shelter, parking garage, store or roof top – all because of the severe housing shortage.

The roshei yeshivos stressed the need to convey to yeshiva and seminary students the importance of frugal living (“histapkus bemu’at”) and to encourage parents not to demand or undertake financial commitments that are far beyond their means, as gedolei Yisroel shlita have said on many occasions.

Later the roshei yeshivos discussed various housing solutions suitable for yeshiva students, focusing on several affordable locations around the country.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. If Israel wants to claim it’s a modern, democratic country then can somebody please explain to me why there are no (as in zero, none, bupkis, gornisht) rental apartments available anywhere in Israel?

    The government or private sector MUST BUILD RENTAL COMMUNITIES FOR FRUM YIDDEN! Forcing people to rent from individual owners has been a catastrophe. Finding a dira in EY is harder than finding a shidduch! There are 2 week leases, leases until such-and-such a time, till next zman, etc. all at the convenience of the owner who has the means to buy and not live in his own apartment, while people who live and work here and didn’t have money to bring from chutz laaretz have no acceptable way to live.

    In any civilized country you can find rental communities. Why not in Israel? And if you will say buying is better than renting that is all very nice but many Yidden don’t have what to buy with and there aren’t any programs. And the Israelis are afraid to build in Yerushalayim, etc. without U.S. permission. This is the worst housing market on earth and there is no reason except greed and foolishness.

  2. “The roshei yeshivos stressed the need to convey to yeshiva and seminary students the importance of frugal living (”histapkus bemu’at”) and to encourage parents not to demand or undertake financial commitments that are far beyond their means, as gedolei Yisroel shlita have said on many occasions.”
    Why aren’t the American Roshe Yeshivos doing the same? We have a similar problem here in the U.S.!

  3. Fresser, your comment is well taken. B’mechila, I would like to suggest that you change your pen name. Fresser has a very negative connotation in Yiddish, the opposite of histapkus bemu’at.

  4. Reb Dovid, even though I’m a Sefaradi, I’m well aware of the gluttonous-ness of my ‘name’. My first post was in response to a story (last summer) about the high cost of pizza. I thought it was cute – sorry to offend. Request for mechilah-not needed. 🙂

  5. there is a ton of apts for rent in rommema if we cud just continue like this we could have a revolution of rent!!!!!!!!!!! i see it now!!! please Hashem!!!!

  6. I personally know the director of this organization (Sh’Hasimcha B’Meono), Harav A.Y. Pfeuffer shlit”a from Bnei Brak (former Dayan of Johannesburg), and he’s a tremendous tzaddik who does things l’shem Shomayim.
    He’s 100% right, that newlyweds have to start thinking outside Yerush’ and B”B, and to think about smaller cities elsewhere.
    It’s not like in America that if both sets of parents live in the greater NY area, and the Chosson/Kallah move to Detroit or Chicago, then it’s a 12 or 15 hour drive for them to visit their mishpocha.
    Buy in EY it’s “Eretz Hatzvi” (remember yesterday’s Gemora on 9 B’Av) – a small country that can fit many people. So it may only be an hour’s bus ride for you to visit your parents if you live in a newer community.

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