Israeli Treasury To Cut Yeshiva Student Funding By 30%


 yeshivaIsrael’s yeshivos are set to see a 30 percent cut to their funding, saving the state NIS 340 million a year, sources in the new ministerial committee, tasked with drafting mandatory service legislation, said Monday.

According to a report in Maariv, Finance Minister Yair Lapid approved the funding cut, which will take the budget earmarked for chareidi institutions of higher learning down to NIS 700 million, from the current NIS 1.04 billion.

The formation of the ministerial committee – headed by Minister of Science, Technology, and Space Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid) – was agreed upon in coalition talks between Likud-Beyteinu, Yesh Atid, and Jewish Home. They aim to advance a fairer distribution of the national burden by drafting new legislation to be approved by the Knesset within months.

In February 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the Tal Law, which had granted sweeping exemptions from military or national service to chareidi Israelis, was unconstitutional.

The 30% funding cut is planned to be achieved by lowering the age that Yeshiva students are entitled to payments from the state from 28 to 22. The funding is linked to deferment of military service, and will in effect be achieved by lowering the age that yeshiva students are granted a full release from service – the reasoning being that, if the yeshiva students are released outright, they will no longer enjoy deferred status, or its funding. The move is set to take effect in August.

“Instead of having to deal with all the ultra-Orthodox men between the age of 18 to 28, the army will only have to deal with 18 to 22-year-olds,” the committee source told Maariv.

{Times of Israel/ Israel}


  1. it’s a shame they didn’t cut ALL funding for yeshivos. according to some Gedolim, the only thing that keeps the mdina standing is its support of Torah. as soon as that ends, the medina falls paving the way for Moshiach’s arrival bimheira byameinu!!!

  2. Which other students will have their budget reduced? which other sectors are feeling a budget squeeze? How much will be saved in the budget and where will the surplus be put?

  3. I hope that they will use some of that savings to give scholarships for the Bochurim to receive training that will transition them into the workforce at younger ages (early to mid 20’s). Such economic incentives to work would go a long way for the economy of the country.

  4. what about funding to arab schools which teach to kill jews and destroy israel. How about if we all make an effort to donate extra big to yeshivos so that they should be doing better after this whole thing instead of worse like the self hating jews in the government want

  5. Not sure which gedolim you are referring to the Chazon Ish, Steipler, Gerrer Rebbes, Belzer Rebbes, The Tchebiner,Rav Shach, Rav Moshe, Rav Yaakov and rav minyan v’binyan of gedolim held to take money and the fact is the thousands of yeshivos and schools was built with billions of dollars of Israeli gov’t monsy

    As far as mashiach you should be a little more circumspect and not make bogus claims

  6. im ain kemach ain Torah, people.

    Welcome to the new reality.
    It’s time to start adjusting to it, rather than fighting and name calling.

  7. All that really matters to us is that Hashem wants us to dig a little deeper and somehow do more than what we’ve done so far.