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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

You can study in yeshiva until you're 23... but only if it's a Zionist yeshiva

The Shaked Committee - headed by Ayelet Shaked - passed a law on Tuesday (which still has to pass the full Knesset) that will allow students to remain in yeshiva until age 23... but only if they're in a Zionist yeshiva.
The committee, which is tasked with creating a law on army service for hareidi men, had decided that hareidi men should be allowed to study in yeshiva prior to enlisting in the military, but should be required to enlist by age 21.
Many committee members initially said the age-21 cut-off should apply universally, meaning that long-term students in Zionist yeshivas would be required to enlist at the same age. Shaked and others fought that approach. Nearly all students in Zionist yeshivas do eventually enlist, they said, and students at pro-enlistment schools should not be punished for low enlistment rates at other yeshivas.
The students in question are learning about the importance of enlistment in yeshiva, and therefore do not need the threat of sanctions to motivate them, they argued.
The committee ultimately voted to accept an alternate proposal according to which students at Zionist yeshivas will be allowed to delay enlistment until age 23. A select group of 300 students will be allowed to postpone enlistment until age 26.
A similar arrangement was proposed for hareidi yeshivas as well, despite the fact that hareidi yeshivas do not encourage students to enlist in the military. However, hareidi representatives rejected the proposal, which would have included a commitment for all students to eventually enlist.
I would tell you that the chances of that standing up to Supreme Court scrutiny are slim to none, but these days, one never knows. 

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