MK Moshe Feiglin used the Knesset podium to comment on the Supreme Court ruling cutting supplementary income for avreichim. In his usually witty fashion he questioned by no one dares to challenge payments to the “chiloni kollelim” where the students earn three times more than an avreich. Examples given by Feiglin include those studying humanities and other subjects that no one dares to challenge.
According to Feiglin, a chareidi avreich will receive 8,400 shekels from the state annually based on a monthly payment of 700 shekels. He adds that of the, 87,744 avreichim, only 77,000 receive money for the remainder are not citizens. Hence the avreichim cost the State of Israel 646 million shekels annually.
The budget for the higher education however is a bit different, receiving over 7 million shekels annually. If one divides the sum one will see that every student studying humanities receives 25,000 shekels annually, about three times that of an avreich studying Torah.
“I am not chareidi” added Feiglin, “but the attack on the chareidim is jarring to me. It results in an atmosphere that limud Torah is nonsense and bizarre while the study of humanities is holy. The figures simply show us how they cost us compared to the others”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)