During a session of the Shaked Committee setting the new chareidi draft law in place on Tuesday, 4 Cheshvan 5774, chareidi lawmakers requested cutting the minimum hours an avreich must learn. MKs Moshe Gafne and Meir Porush explained the Tal Law compelled avreichim in kollel, those learning full time and are married, are compelled to study a minimum of 45 hours weekly. They requested cutting the minimum criteria to 35-37 hours. The committee approved a 5 hour/weekly cut to 40. Those talmidim who are not married must continue 45 hours weekly.
Opponents question both the committee and the chareidim, citing chareidi lawmakers portray avreichim as being moser nefesh for limud Torah, and now that are seeking fewer hours limud daily. They have received a four hour/week reduction but they were seeking to cut their hours of Torah study by 10 hours weekly. Opponents including the Hiddush organization point out “we now see the true face” of the chareidim and their representatives, who cried to avoid drafting avreichim because they are immersed in daily limud.
Labor MK Amar Bar-Lev however surprised many with his approval, for he explains the committee is not competing with the former Tal Law, but is seeking a working formula that will result in a military that will truly be one of all the people. He added that as a committee member he is working to induct chareidim and not to make life for those not serving more difficult.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)