Haredi tycoons are organizing to fill a $100 million gap for yeshivas following Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s elimination of the same amount of money that yeshivas have been receiving from taxpayers.
The Mishpacha magazine called the tycoon’s fund-raising campaign “a Lapid bypass plan “to help the world of the Torah get through the years of distress with a minimum of harm.”
If it works, everyone wins: The budget will come closer to being in the black, pardon the expression; the vast majority of Israelis will be relieved of blatant government purchases of Haredi votes in return for funding for yeshivas; the Haredi community will be more self-dependent; Torah study can continue; and perhaps the Hardy tycoons that men registered at yeshiva actually learn and do not simply pocket money to sit at home.
Wealthy Haredi businessmen are setting up a special $100 million fund in the next several weeks, according to Mishpacha.
Many of the rich Haredim already have committed large sums of money to replenish the bank accounts of yeshivas and to guarantee income to Torah students.
Another objective is to help encourage employment that is consistent to the Haredi lifestyle, similar to the Agudah communities in the United States.
There is also an initiative to foster employment and training of Haredi women in jobs consistent with the Haredi way of life.
However, the Haredi community has not given up on hopes of going back to the days of government handouts.
It hopes that after the fund runs for approximately 18 months, “the government will be replaced by a government more congenial to the Haredi public,” according to the magazine.