“A Lapid bypass plan” is how an initiative in the chareidi community “to help the world of the Torah get through the years of distress with a minimum of harm” is being termed.
Globes Israel reports that a number of chareidi askanim and philanthropists have been recruited for the plan to minimize the “damage” planned by the government and Minister of Finance Yair Lapid in cutting budgets for yeshivos, and the economic sanctions against yeshiva students who will not serve in the IDF.
The plan’s initiator, according to Globes, has obtained from charedi MKs precise data, which indicate that “the measures to be imposed on the world of the Torah” will cut $100 million from the yeshiva budget over the next 18 months. It adds that this is the target that the charedi tycoons hope to raise for the special fund, which will be established in a few weeks.
A meeting of wealthy charedim has been arranged to be held in two weeks, and that some of them who have already confirmed their participation, are donating huge for Torah institutions and kiruv. Projects in the sector have reportedly been cut to an absolute minimum to help yeshiva heads “bear a burden which has become too heavy to bear.”
The activity will focus on two levels: filling the yeshivas’ treasuries, and boosting the income of students. There is also an initiative to foster employment and training of charedi women in jobs consistent with the charedi way of life.
The fund will raise the money over the next 18 months.