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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Haredi MK's blast Bennett's plan for yeshivas

Several Haredi MK's have blasted Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett's plan to limit the number of yeshiva student exemptions from the draft to 1,800 annually.
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Yaakov Litzman stated “He is violating the traditional and legal status of the bnei yeshivos who have declared Torah study as their profession”. Litzman added that despite efforts to set quotas and limit the number of talmidim who may continue learning, “The Torah world of the yeshivos will continue flourishing quantitatively and qualitatively and there is no power that will succeed to harm those who are committed to a life of Torah.”
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Meir Porush added “Anyone with a hand or a role in the new arrangement that intends to harm bnei yeshivos and the current arrangement, the arrangement that existed to date will be remembered for eternal disgrace.”
“The eternal Jewish People have stood firm throughout history in the face of many trials and tribulations. There is no doubt that we will succeed in the face of these gezeiros as well,” he concluded.
Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev called Bennett’s plan “utter nonsense”, confident it will not be implemented as Bennett plans. Ze’ev feels it is impossible to limit of number of lomdei Torah to 1,800 annually, questioning how such a regulation will be enforced. “There is no way the Torah world and roshei yeshiva will agree to permit implementation of the program. The idea of a quota system is undemocratic and reminiscent of regimes of the past. There is a historical relevance to these decisions.”
Indeed, the problems with this system are entirely foreseeable. Which yeshivas will have the right to designate how many of their students? What criteria will be used? Based on past experience in this country, it is likely that many of the slots will go to students in non-Haredi yeshivas, that the slots will be handed out based on protectzia (connections), and possibly that the Haredi yeshivas will all be told by someone on the level of R. Aaron Leib Steinman or R. Chaimn Kanievsky not to participate.

But what's worst of all is that this system is not the answer to the country's problems except for those who seek to destroy the yeshivas. Reader Aryeh Z, whose sent me the link to this article, had some very pertinent comments about it, which I am reproducing below.
Twenty-five or is it already thirty years after the IDF professionals requested that the draft be ended and that it be made into a professional army, we still have the draft. Let it be clear, there is no military need for a draft. The draft exists as a means of political and social control. It wastes Billions of Shekels and tens of thousands of people every year.

There is constant bantering about how the Hareidi community needs to change due to changing circumstances. Nothing is said about the need for the Secular elites changing due to changing circumstances. And that is the real problem. Israel’s elites have yet to abandon their dream of creating a Communist utopia in Israel. A utopia populated with a docile and obedient proletariat that will work their fields and factories. For the most part, they do not have any theological or philosophical problems with Torah. It is just that it gets in the way of their plans. That is why they are willing to throw a bone or two to the Torah community in the hope it will help keep them docile.

So let us focus on the real issues. It is not the draft, it is not the Hareidim, it is not the economy, it is tyranny. It is on the desire of the few thousand “aristocrats” desperate to maintain their privileges and high standard of living. This is not all that different from what is happening in Syria, Egypt, Iran and North Korea. We are fortunate that, so far, our “aristocrats” have not resorted to mass murder to retain power.


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At 12:32 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

Reading the hypocritical words of these עסקנים, I could not help but think about two things I say with kawanàh every morning among others:
1) יהי רצון מלפניך ה' אלהי ואלהי אבותי שתצילני היום ובכל יום מעזי פנים ומעזות פנים
2) ברוך אלהינו שבראנו לכבודו והבדילנו מן התועים

At 4:15 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Mr. Carl:

You really are a sicko.

Comparing the government of Israel to those of Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Are you out of your mind?

What would be a more fitting comparison is a Haredi-led government to the governments in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

By the way, have you served in the IDF?

How about your sons and sons-in-laws?

At 1:23 PM, Blogger HaDaR said...

@Michael Goldstein
The comment was NOT Carl's comment, but a certain Arieh Z., a notorious charedi extremist whom I used to debate for a few years a few years back, until I blocked him from every communication with me because of his really sick comments, bordering on the psycopathological internalizing of antisemitic feelings and judgements, exactly like the one reported above.
I had sent a comment to Carl about the guy, last night, but Carl decided NOT to publish it... I guess because I specified first and last name, as should be done, since it is a mitswà to publicly shame a character like him, a בעל מחלוקת, מוציא שם רע, and מוציא דיבה against the Jews he doesn't agree with.
I guess הלכות לשון הרע must have been considered less important than something else.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Eliana said...

Excellent post, Carl!

While Lapid and others agree that the Defense budget must be cut in whatever way possible, Lapid and some others are also trying to increase the budget by drafting thousands and thousands of Haredim out of anger at the Haredim and not out of the IDF's need for additional soldiers and expenses.

Thanks and Shabbat Shalom!

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

HaDar, pls add English versions to the Hebrew vocab in your comments so that we Hebrew challenged ones can learn something. Thank you!

At 5:39 PM, Blogger HaDaR said...

@Sunlight: OK, I'll try...
However, a couple of suggestions.
This is the best online English-Hebrew-English dictionary: http://milon.morfix.co.il/Default.aspx
Just copy & paste anything I wrote and you'll get the meaning.
However, for long sentences, just copy & paste into your google search, more often than not you'll get the translation too among the search outcome.
Shabbath Shalom


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