Besides becoming more like their “Agudah” counterparts in the United States, thousands of Israeli Haredim also have enlisted in special fields in the IDF, belying accusations that they are “draft dodgers.”I'm guessing many of those who do encourage them to go the positive route and seek employment may want to remain anonymous so's not to get in any potential trouble with the more fanatical rabbis who are against it. It's understandable.
“The move from the yeshiva to the university is based on economics, not ideology,” explains Israeli journalist Yisrael Gellis.
He told The Jewish Press, “Young married yeshiva students reached the conclusion they have to work to support their families.
“Approximately 25,000 Haredim have been learning as far back as five years ago, but the media always disparage them and do not report the new trend.”
The “Open University,” which allows students to learn at home, has attracted more than 600 Haredim, according to Gellis. Significantly, 150 of them are from what Gellis calls one of the most “fanatic” Haredi sects. Yeshiva rabbis have encouraged the new trend but “without force,” Gellis said.
Well, good to see that something's being done right, and if it continues, then we could be getting somewhere.