Bill Approved to Separate Hesder Yeshivot,Tal Law

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.

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.


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