After Tal

It is conceivable that a larger number of haredim will eventually share in the collective burdens of Israel.

January 17, 2012 23:14
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NETZAH YEHUDA Battalion commander Lt.-Col. Dror Spiegel (left) talks to one of his company commander

Haredi Soldiers 311. (photo credit: YAAKOV KATZ)

The Tal Law failed to achieve its goal. In April 2000, when a committee headed by former judge Zvi Tal presented recommendations to the Knesset to help more haredim (ultra-Orthodox) make the transition from the study hall to the job market without forgoing mandatory national or military service, a total of 31,000 yeshiva students between the ages 18 and 41 received deferrals from the IDF.

Today, 10 years after the Tal Committee’s recommendations became a law conditional upon renewal by the Knesset every five years, that number is more than 60,000. And the haredi population is growing at a breathtaking rate.


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