High Court to Hear a Petition on Core Subjects in Chareidi Schools


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A petition is being filed by the High Court of Justice on Sunday seeking to compel chareidi mosdos to include ‘core subjects’ in their educational curriculum. The petition will target all chareidi schools, those classified as recognized and even those not in the system, talmidei torah and yeshiva ketanos.

Filing the petition are Professors Uriel Reichman, the founder of the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center – Herzliya) along with longtime friend and colleague, Amnon Rubinstein, who currently serves as the IDC dean. The latter is also a former government minister and official of the left-wing Meretz Party.

It appears the two have decided to jump on the growing anti-chareidi bandwagon, opting to file the petition now when the national climate is ripe for such a move.

They are challenging the current status quo which exempts chareidi schools from teaching what is referred to by the Ministry of Education as ‘core subjects’, such as English, math and science. They feel the state is compelled to serve as the ombudsman for the children, who are simply too young to stand up for their own rights. Therefore, they are submitting their petition in the name of the children, the students in chareidi mosdos.

Rubinstein adds that he is quite familiar with the realities of the chareidi education system from his tenure as minister of education, adding he will also never forget when he met with a chareidi youth who left that system, comparing himself “to a turtle left in the jungle without his shell” he concluded.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. The impetus for the present introduction of “core” subject into the Charedi school system in Eretz Yisroel is definitely not LeShem Shomiyim.
    However being that everything is Hashgocho Protis is there a place for literacy and numeracy for Bochurei HaYeshiva as happens in the US.

  2. I would not say the left are idolaters or that evilution will be taught – these are knee-jerk reactions, obviously without thought.

    How is a person supposed to understand the world around them? know what steam or ice is and where it comes from? know how the beauty and splendor or cells? or the immune system? or the function of the eye? or the way sound is produced? or why the sun is hot? or how far stars are away? or how photosynthesis works? Rabbi Avigdor Miller knew these things and saw the wonders of G-d in them.

    If Bnei Brak has a drop out ratio of 20% (Mishpacha mag – interview with the mayor) – these kids will need to have some skills to work – right?

    (I agree with #3)

  3. They’re so proud of the secular education here which is dead last in the Western world, that they want to share it with the rest of us.

  4. 1. He who pays the fiddler, calls the tune. You want zionist gelt, you have to do what they say.

    2. We should develop our own secular curriculum, designed to provide students with job skills without interfering with Torah learning. One possibility would be to “leverage” (take advantage) of what frum students have that secular students usually lack (ability to learn independently and in havrusah, exposure to multiple languages, etc.)