Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Yeshiva Gedola with secular studies planned to open in Israel - fierce Charedi opposition

The yeshiva is supposed to be modeled on YU where the boys learn Gemara in the morning and secular studies for a degree late afternoon and night. However, it is meant to be a Charedi yeshiva appealing to the Charedi world. The reaction in the Charedi press has been swift and fierce as expected.
The following are from today's Yated:

There are a number of questions that need to be answered about this new Yeshiva.

  1. How will it work with army? Will the students still get an exemption?
  2. Who is it aimed at? The logical target crowd are the American Charedim who send their kids to high schools like Maarava and get a bagrut. The question is will it be able to expand past that group.
  3. Does it have any Rabbinic support? 
It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

1 comment:

bar_kochba132 said...

I would be interested to know what has happened to Ma'arava's graduates over the years, particularly how many graduates use their bagrut certificates for higher education while remaining within the Haredi camp. As I understand a significant number go into the usual Israeli Haredi lifetime kollel system, thus not utilizing their bagrut certificate, whereas others go to Hesder Yeshivot and come Dati Leumi with all the higher education opportunities this provides. I don't have the figures and I would appreciate it if someone could supply them.
My feeling is that this new 'liberal' yeshiva will fail to provide a new trend of liberal Haredi adults because the mainline Haredi leadership strongly opposes secular education, thus nullifying their value.
The Poalei Agudat Israel tried some decades ago to create a pro-Zionist labor movement that also approved of higher education while remaining loyal to the dictates of the mainline Haredi leadership which disapproved of their policies. This lead to the party and movement disappearing by the 1990's. Why should a new movement based on similar principles be any more successful, considering the virulent opposition they are engendering in the mainline Haredi world?