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Jewish men studying at a yeshiva

A Jerusalem court has ruled that a Haredi Yeshiva student must pay back NIS 84,000 he received as a government stipend for his yeshiva studies, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

The man received the money as a government stipend for the past 7 years, because he was listed as being enrolled full-time as Yeshiva student. He had declared that “Torah study is his trade”, which is the basis for deferrals from IDF service. The requirement for the stipend is that he would learn in Yeshiva between 35-45 hours a week.

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A state investigation uncovered that the man had not been learning in Yeshiva full time, and in fact had been running a girl’s seminary without pay, when he was supposed to be studying in Yeshiva.

As a result of the investigation, the state also cut the funding of the Yeshiva were the man was listed as studying at.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Susan Rubinstein- As a Reformed Jewish person I find your comment very offensive. I read constantly of the abuse by Orthodox Jewish men to women and children. There are many cases of criminal acts of swindling money from the government. I suggest you get your head out of your butt and see what is going on.

  2. I am a member of an orthodox shule and a practicing Jew but I have to agree with Alan. Unfortunately scams of this kind are more prevalent among the ultra-orthodox community because of the parasitical culture (i.e. living off someone else's hard work) that has evolved. We may not agree with the religious choices reformed or conservative Jews make but they are no less moral than the orthodox because of it. To say what Susan said is and elitist hypocritical statement that unfortunately too many orthodox Jews posses.

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