Bill approved to separate hesder yeshivot,Tal Law

Orlev: Student-soldiers will no longer be ‘held hostage’ by political conflict.

July 16, 2012 02:47
2 minute read.
Haredi IDF soldiers in the Jordan Valley

Haredi IDF soldiers Tal Law 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Handout .)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The status of hesder yeshivot will be legislated separately from haredi yeshivot, thus removing the threat of closure following the Tal Law’s cancellation, according to a bill by MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

Hesder yeshivot, religious- Zionist institutions that have combined Torah study and IDF service for the last 59 years, are included in the Tal Law, which expires on August 1. As such, both hesder and haredi yeshiva institutions fall under “Torato Omanuto” (Torah is his profession), the arrangement in which the defense minister could allow a full-time Torah student to defer army service.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

As Orlev pointed out in the bill’s explanatory section, at the time of the Tal Law’s cancellation, High Court Justice Hanan Meltzer said that hesder yeshivot should not be banned.

The bill allows hesder yeshiva students to postpone IDF service for one year. It reinforces the current conditions for hesder studies, such as forbidding yeshiva students to work and requiring them to study at least 45 hours per week.

“Each year, 1,500 hesder yeshiva students enlist and contribute a lot to the IDF, and are an important, highquality reservist force,” Orlev explained. “This bill anchors the service of Zionist yeshiva students, who have a higher percentage of enlistment [than the general population], and seeks to give this blessed enterprise the legal infrastructure it needs in order to continue to exist.”

The Habayit Hayehudi MK added that he is glad hesder yeshivot are no longer being held hostage in the dispute between the government and haredim over the Tal Law, and that Zionist yeshivot, with students that serve in the IDF, must be legally separate from those who shirk their duties.

“We [religious-Zionists] consider it a privilege to enlist and serve in the IDF, and we do not want hesder yeshivot to be harmed because of a political conflict,” Orlev stated.

Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) proposed a similar bill, which has yet to reach the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

The two bills were removed from the ministerial committee’s agenda in March, at which point Rotem and Association of Hesder Yeshivot director Eitan Ozeri expressed confidence that the government would find a solution for the religious-Zionist institutions.

Orlev, however, presented a different view of the situation, warning against complacency and promising to take action.

His bill is expected to be brought to a preliminary plenum vote on Wednesday.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN