MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Rabbi Yisrael Eichler presented a query to Minister of Industry & Trade (Bayit Yehudi) Naftali Bennett. He explained that Israel’s civil service does not recognize yeshiva study, and as a result, chareidim are barred from apply for many jobs. He explains they are told that since they lack a bagrut (matriculation) diploma and an academic education, they are not qualified to apply for civil service positions. Eichler feels that limud Torah should be credited as an equivalent for in most cases, the chareidim are indeed qualified for the public sector positions but lack the paperwork under the current requirements.
Eichler adds that chareidim are victims of discrimination in the workplace for their Torah study does not count as an academic degree, which is reflected by their lower salaries in the workplace. He question why in the Jewish state the nation does not recognize Torah study as an equivalent academic degree.
“It’s time to break the wall of silence from the heart of Yerushalayim. We must permit hundreds of thousands of chareidi residents to earn a livelihood in the public sector. Even during the period of the Turks and British there was not such a cruel threshold blocking Jewish workers in Jerusalem” Eichler concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)