How many people are learning fulltime in Israel? The official numbers: UPDATED
Here are the current numbers for people learning full time in Israel according to the government (these are people who get money from the government):
Yeshiva students: 44,186 with 8,232 from chutz laaretz
Avreichim in kollel: 50,972
Exemptions from the army (Toraso Umnaso): 40,680
Hesder Yeshiva students: 6,850
All the numbers are from last weeks Mishpacha.
Haartez has an interesting article about the numbers. How did 20,000 yeshiva students disappear?
It is a mystery: In June 2001, approximately 81,000 students were enrolled in post-high school yeshivas and kollels. Four and a half years have passed since then. Between 20,000 and 25,000 new students have entered the yeshiva education system - more than 4,000 new students per year.
Nevertheless, the number of students enrolled in these yeshivas (for unmarried students age 18 and above) and kollels (which cater to avrechim, married students) now totals about 85,000, only 4,000 more than in mid-2001. Where did 20,000 yeshiva students go?
One of the explanations, of course, is that many fewer fictitious students are now listed in yeshiva rosters.