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  1. IH says:

    I think Prof. Colin Shindler’s analysis is spot on. It should be paired with Jonathan Freedland’s recent piece in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/19/condemn-israel-why-silence-on-syria.

    Both pieces brought back memories of walking home in the West End and passing by young white Brits holding “We are all Hezbollah now” placards for the various demonstrations being held in 2006. As Freedland observes:

    There are no mass demonstrations outside the Syrian embassy in London. The story is rarely on the front page or on the TV bulletins. Even when there is a shocking atrocity, such as the Daraya massacre of up to 400 people in August, it makes only a fleeting impact. There is no Disaster Emergency Committee appeal. At the Labour party conference, there were fringe meetings on every possible subject, from teenage spending habits to domestic pets. But there was not a single session focused solely on Syria – and this in the party that calls itself internationalist.

  2. avi says:

    The LA times story is great news, despite their complete distortion of the goals of people who wish to pray on Har Habayit.

  3. IH says:

    A story to bring the halachic discussion about BSD transplants to life (pun intended): http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?id=289617

    “Five lives were saved on Sunday from six organs donated by the family of a boy, Yotam Melamed, who fell from a skateboard last week and suffered severe and irreversible brain damage that led to his death.”

  4. Steve Brizel says:

    No links, photos or stories on what is happening outside all day and night in the greater NY area?

  5. Steve Brizel says:

    Anyone want to guess if the talmidim or bachurim depicted were wondering what bracha to make on such a sight? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/science/earth/shallow-waters-and-unusual-path-may-worsen-surge.html

  6. Steve Brizel says:

    We have not lost power, just two trees down, and a lot of instances of lights flickering. Just heard that a resident of nearby Hillcrest was Nifat when a tree collapsed on his house. The winds sound like a freight train. Although this storm did not occur on Shabbos, the following guidelines were prepared by R K Brander based on the Psakim of RHS. http://www.ou.org/resources/hurricanehalacha.htm

  7. IH says:

    [in England and Wales] “More offenders will have to meet their victims and apologise before being sentenced under a rapid expansion of restorative justice unveiledon Tuesday.”

    “According to the Ministry of Justice, surveys on restorative justice have found that victims report an 85% satisfaction rate. A drop of around 14% in reoffending rates was recorded among perpetrators.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/30/offenders-meet-victims-plan

  8. IH says:

    I gather this is the case that J. has posted about previously, now covered in The Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/rumors-of-rabbis-sexual-misconduct-raise-tensions-among-uk-haredim/

    “The discussion will likely intensify in the coming months, as a television investigation into the community’s approach to child sex abuse is currently in its final stages. The program, which is being fronted by journalist Annamarie Cumiskey, has been in the works for more than a year and a half, and The Times of Israel has seen evidence that suggests it will be aired on a major British network, Channel 4, as part of its “Dispatches” current-affairs show.”

    In the wake of the Saville imbroglio, this will not go down well. For those not familiar, Channel 4 Dispatches is in-depth, often investigative, reporting with high credibility. See. e.g. Dispatches – Undercover Mosque – The Return on YouTube.

  9. Shalom Rosenfeld says:

    R’ Gil and/or R’ J”R,

    Your take on the Commentator piece, please?

    (As for nepotism — hadn’t the saying back in the day been “at Einstein, it’s all about relativity”?)

  10. Shalom Rosenfeld says:

    Eh, too mean-spirited. Please delete my previous comment. (And this one too.)

  11. Hirhurim says:

    I find most of the arguments wanting. Doesn’t the RIETS budget include CJF? Nepotism for low-level positions is not such a big deal. If it applied to the bigger jobs, there would be an issue. But it doesn’t seem to. And comparing nepotism at RIETS to a graduate school is wrong. Compare it to another yeshiva and you’ll find it fares pretty well. The snide comment about Internet filters is irrelevant. A dean is concerned with dozens of things at a time and this seems sufficiently worthy of his attention.

    And according to commenters on the article, the president salaries at Columbia and NYU are higher than Joel’s. Setting that aside, though, I agree that administrative salaries are out of control.

    I think Richard Joel is smart about keeping the roshei yeshiva happy. They are huge recruitment tools.

  12. joel rich says:

    I’ve been offline and am swamped now at work- I don’t know if the facts in the article are accurate, I do know that I won’t post on the issue on line – there’s always been a lot in my heart on these subjects since just about the first day I stepped foot at 186 st and amsterdam avenue feeling privileged to get an interview at MTA. Oh for the innocence of youth!

    KT and may all those who have been impacted by the storm get shelter (I don’t know whether to cue Bob Dylan or Tehillim)

  13. IH says:

    I think Richard Joel is smart about keeping the roshei yeshiva happy. They are huge recruitment tools.

    What institutions are the competition for those being recruited?

  14. avi says:

    I found the numbers interesting. I wonder how divergent they are from the Jewish vote in America
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israelis-prefer-romney-45-to-obama-29-for-president/

  15. HAGTBG says:

    Doesn’t the RIETS budget include CJF?

    Why would that impact their point?

  16. Hirhurim says:

    IH: Ner Yisrael in Baltimore and Lander College in Queens

    HAGTBG: Because CJF is a separate point, having nothing to do with roshei yeshiva.

  17. IH says:

    Gil — And are these recruits that might be lost to the competition Modern Orthodox; or are they likely to identify as Modern Orthodox when they graduate?

    The issues posed by the anonymous authors skirt the overarching context of YU’s identity and mission, which surely must be the framework within to determine how the jewel must be polished.

  18. Anonymous says:

    What about the huge cost of tuition and/or competition from other schools?

  19. HAGTBG says:

    Because CJF is a separate point, having nothing to do with roshei yeshiva

    Their point had nothing to do with the roshei yeshiva. It had to do with a general budget inbalance between REITS and the secular components of YU College that they assert is forcing the secular studies level to become comparable to Touro.

    They had a separate point where they made a swipe at one RY. Nothing to do with the budget.

  20. RIETS Student says:

    HAGTBG:
    The RIETS budget does not include CJF by any means. CJF is totally a separate entity, both financially and perhaps, ideologically.

  21. HAGTBG says:

    They really had four overall points:

    (i) there is not enough money –
    The endowment is not producing at the level of its peers so something must be wrong with how its being managed.
    The cost reductions YU has undertaken cut to much into the secular while comparably sparing REITS. The pain should be shared.
    The administrators receive salaries that are to high. The pain should be shared.

    (ii) YU has tilted to far to the “right”
    Torah UMaada is not being followed now. YU needs to be realigned back to how it was when R Lamm was in charge. [Here is there they critiques a RY]

    (iii) the new competition should make sure YU specializes. Touron and other cheaper options. YUs budget cuts should be done in such a way that they still have a specialized product that makes their extra expense worthwhile on the market. That means not letting the secular studies degrade further.

    (iv) there is an ethics issue at YU most demonstrated by cronyism. Stop cronyism.

    I agree the later issue is not a real threat now to YU’s survival though I think its debatable why rabbeim should not try to avoid the appearance of impropriety as much as academics – especially when money is involved.

  22. HAGTBG says:

    The RIETS budget does not include CJF by any means. CJF is totally a separate entity, both financially and perhaps, ideologically.

    Did you mean that comment to me or Gil? I’m the one who says CJF doesn’t matter to their point.

  23. James says:

    Ner Yisrael is not going to hire YU Roshei Yeshiva.

  24. Joseph Kaplan says:

    I was surprised (disappointed?) at how poorly written and argued the Commentator piece was.

  25. J. says:

    IH – Unfortunately, I can only hope that Dispatches gets hold of this story. Without giving too much away, this is simply the most shocking tale of abuse and associated cover-up in UK Charedi Jewish history. It’s even more upsetting in that the (Charedi) rabbonim I consult with are very much on the side of the angels here, but, for now at least, they have been terrorised into near-silence. If the full details of this story ever make it to the courts, the Times of Israel’s description of a ‘mini Shabtai Tzvi’ will be apt, except I’m not sure how ‘mini’ it will be.

  26. ruvie says:

    HAGTBG – the what the commentator article missed is the more pervasive mismanagement of the budget at all levels-the finance guys don’t have the vaguest idea what they are doing – under president joel.

    the nepotism issue is not about shiur assistants – small potatoes and so what. from an insider: the general rule, the place will not hire an outsider when they can hire a much less competent insider/relative. This is a really big issue. It is like the genetic consequences of too much in-family marriage. It is very corrosive and the place has no regard for competency. One expected under Richard Joel a better meritocracy than before. Just didn’t happen from what I hear.

  27. IH says:

    “Shlomo Carlebach, who died 18 years ago this week, was a reflection of the pain of post-Holocaust Jewry”

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/115376/carlebach-broken-mirror

  28. Shades of Gray says:

    One of the issues mentioned in the Commentator article was the “balance of Torah and Maddah” as well as the President’s role in “leading the Roshei Yeshiva specifically or Jewish life generally”. The first issue, at least, is a perennial one inherent in practically balancing two aspects of life according to TUM; the article is written from the POV that a more leftward balance regarding certain aspects is preferable for YU in particular and MO in general.

    From the perspective of the moderate Charedi world and Orthodoxy as a whole, I wonder if a more rightward orientation in YU and in MO enables them to have a moderating effect on the American Charedi world. When it came to an issue such as the Science and Torah issue, for example, most of the Yeshiva world was at a more insular point, unlike in the 1960’s and 1970’s when its members went to CUNY colleges, such that a ban was perceived as appropriate for that group as a whole. However, a strong and “more-yeshivish” YU can perhaps serve as competition and strengthen the leftward flank of the yeshiva world, showing that more lenient/open positions cannot easily be written off and can compete as “just as Yeshivish”. Nevertheless, one might distinguish between major and minor issues.

    On major issues such as feminism, the idea of cleavage and cooperation in Orthodoxy was an issue which was discussed. Last year for example, Rabbi Adlerstein was concerned that “cooperation that took decades to accomplish may quickly unravel”(“Modern Orthodoxy at a Crossroads”), and earlier in May 1998, the Jewish Observer article by Levi Reisman(“Feminism-A Force That will Split Orthodoxy?”)similarly mentioned that the ability of “ ‘Right wing’ individuals(the term “Charedi” wasn’t used then)to successfully work with or for the RCA, the OU, and YU”, might be jeopardized if changes advocated by feminists gained prominence. Despite this concern however, YCT seems to be poised to move rightward with Rabbi Asher Lopitan’s appointment. More broadly,“the past twenty years has seen a narrowing of the ideological divide between YU and the Yeshivah World. Some of the “hot-button” issues that played out in the ’60s and ’70s have since run their course, and, with it, much of the stridency in rhetoric” (“An Interview With R. Elchanon Adler”, Kol Hamevaser, June, 2009).

    One might argue that on relatively minor issues, such as “gay panel fiasco, or the women’s Purim Chagiga” mentioned in the current Commentator article, are internal to YU, and have absolutely no effect on inter-Orthodox relations. Perhaps however, from the point of view of the moderate Charedi world and Orthodoxy as a whole, there is a case to be made for a strong and vibrant “more-yeshivish” YU serving as a competition to and having a moderating effect on the Yeshivah world, strengthening its leftward flank of the 1960’s and 1970’s that was weak when the Science and Torah issue came to fore.

  29. mycroft says:

    “Man’s hubris, his awful arrogance in the face of God’s intent, led to the confounding of the plan and the cessation of the construction (11:8). But man is nothing if not persistent; and in London, Amsterdam, New Orleans, and other low-lying areas, he has thrown caution to the winds by constructing cities against the dictates of “nature.” If he is prudent, he invests wisely in building and maintaining the levees and escapes the direst consequences. From time to time, prudence is supplemented by serendipity, and a timely finger in the dike prevents catastrophe.”

    Cities like NY Amsterdam, NO date from days when shipping was the primary means of transportation and there was an advantage to being near navigable waters.
    For an example of a city that did not rebuild in an area after a deadly hurricane see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Hazel_in_Canada

    “In fact, following Hazel, residential development in areas along Toronto waterways was prohibited, and they became parks instead”

  30. Shades of Gray says:

    Two links, from what I assume will be more, regarding assitance in regards to the hurricane:

    Achiezer of the Five Towns:

    https://www.achiezer.org/donate.php?event=sandy

    Chasdei Lev:

    http://matzav.com/emergency-clothing-and-food-drive-tonight-in-flatbush-for-far-rockaway-and-5-towns

    From Achiezer’s website:

    To assist our community in this time of desperation, we have begun a campaign, chaired by distinguished baalei batim to allow those of us who are fortunate enough not to be suffering from the after effects of the hurricane, a once-in-a-lifetime direct pikuach nefesh opportunity. The trustees listed below will oversee the funds raised in this campaign to insure that every penny goes directly into the hands of those who have lost so much due to the devastating hurricane. A special accounting of every dollar will be available at the end of this campaign. Any monetary assistance, big or small, will help to alleviate the overwhelming need of our friends, neighbors and brothers.

  31. Tal Benschar says:

    “Shiur Assistants” — is this something new? There was no such position when I learned in YU by my rebbeim (R. Parnes and R. Aharon Soloveichik) nor do I recall any such position in any of the other shiurim my friends and acquaintances went to.

  32. mycroft says:

    “Tal Benschar on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    “Shiur Assistants” — is this something new? There was no such position when I learned in YU by my rebbeim (R. Parnes and R. Aharon Soloveichik) nor do I recall any such position in any of the other shiurim my friends and acquaintances went to”

    Is that the equivalent to chazarah shiurim for the Rav by RHS or RHR?
    Why does a Rebbe who has 30 or so talmidim need an assistant?

  33. IH says:

    Then this summer, the ex-gay world was convulsed when Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus International, the largest Christian ministry for people fighting same-sex attraction, said he did not believe anyone could be rid of homosexual desires.

    Interesting. Exodus was the study domain of the recent “peer review study” trumpeted in the October First Reports article by Jones & Yarhouse you linked here.

    We studied a population of ninety-eight men and women who used the Christian ministry group Exodus to assist their change effort.

  34. IH says:

    First Things (not Reports). Paywalled link as provided: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/09/honest-sex-science

  35. HAGTBG says:

    “Western Wall not Orthodox or Reform, rabbi says” Why would you post this? Surely you don’t believe Rabbi Rabinowitz is trying to be ecumenical. Are non-Orthodox prohibited from other Orthodox shuls that there is any meaningful distinction to the Wall? Anyway, there is something perverse about someone saying that its his job of preventing differences at the Wall in the context of having someone arrested because they are different.

  36. IH says:

    For those not bored to tears with the topic, R. Broyde’s sometime co-author, R. Goldfeder, has another take on the women in Judaism topic at: http://morethodoxy.org/2012/10/25/defining-equality-in-judaism-by-rabbi-mark-goldfeder/

  37. mycroft says:

    “- I don’t know if the facts in the article are accurate,”
    Agree with Joel Rich-BUT IF TRUE there is a big scandal that is sad that has been covered up.
    Unlike Joel I will comment on items mentioned as issues-it does not mean that I maintain that the facts are true at YU. I have not been at YUs MC in for almost a decade and have there less than 10 in a few decades.

  38. mycroft says:

    “At the time of his appointment, all of us were afraid that he would prove incapable of leading the Roshei Yeshiva specifically or Jewish life generally.”

    Why should a President lead RY? The President of YU per se has not been the intellectual, spiritual leader of RY-although Dr. Belkin was a leading RY and Dr Lamm was certainly a major Jewish figure-no one believed that either was followed by RY. Did Rabbi Gorelick follow Dr Belkins hashkafa-did Rabbi Parness follow Dr. Lamms hashkafa?

    “Rabbi Reiss, brought in with a stellar Yale education and with high hopes to modernize RIETS, ”
    Whats Yale education got to do with anything? RMM has degrees from Harvard and MIT would anyone dream that RMM would modernize RIETS?

    “the salary structure within Yeshiva University is ridiculous.”
    If accurate-salaries seem very high-it certainly is not payig those people for jobs they could get elsewhere. Not mentioned is RY salaries -certainly many are earning high salaries-compare to leading MTA Rabbeim on their forms 990-certainly many RY are earning more. One leading one even treats himself as an “ashir” as to why he can give so much zedekakah. High costs of YU are similar to high costs of day schools which price out MO life from many.

    “We have become an insider shop, where people promote their children into jobs and there are no policies in place to prevent this; even worse, everyone winks and nods because they know that their children will benefit, too”
    Scandalous if true.

    “We do not doubt the merit of those appointments directly, but we think it is very problematic that such honors are given to family of Roshei Yeshiva. If these students are stellar – and we are happy to believe they are – let them be stellar in a shiur other than the one given by their family members”
    I would go further and state that family members should be disqualified from any job otherwise A would hire Bs son and B would hire As son

  39. joel rich says:

    One of the points made in President Joel’s talk IIRC was that there hadn’t been a faculty salary increase in 3 cycles nor had the 401(k) match been reinstated.
    KT

  40. mycroft says:

    “And it assumes that the Roshei Yeshiva are almost unanimously (obviously barring Rabbis Blau and Wieder) more conservative than the institution as a whole, which is mostly in line with my experience”

    Certainly more conservative than the vast majority of Orthodox Jews in the US.

    “. For instance, Rav Soloveitchik’s shiur assistant happened to be R’ Aharon Lichtenstein, who was his son-in-law. Was this nepotism? I tend to doubt it.”

    I believe RAL married Dr Tovah Lichtenstein AFTER he received smicha. RAL went to Harvard for Grad school. RAL was a talmid muvhak of the Rav BEFORE he was his son-in-law.

  41. mycroft says:

    “One of the points made in President Joel’s talk IIRC was that there hadn’t been a faculty salary increase in 3 cycles”

    How have the salaries increased compared to wage index since Joel became YU prez? I have no idea-my impression is that he gave significant raises-especially to RY.

  42. Reb Yid says:

    I guess he didn’t realize that demonstrating how respect for others’ rights goes both ways would be an upsetting awakening for some people.

    See: http://www.jewishmediaresources.com/157/divine-presence-or-photo-op

  43. mycroft says:

    “Honors scholarship which enables me to attend YU”
    ” YU students who can attend YU because of the countless merit or need-based scholarships YU distributes”

    I can justify needs based scholarships-but merit-based why should the Jewish community subsidize Yeshiva tuition of children of multi millionaires because they are bright?

  44. IH says:

    With all this talk of YU, I’m surprised no one has posted this:

    Stern College of Yeshiva University is without power and water. 100 students are seeking hospitality from tonight through the weekend. The college is looking for offers of (1) sleeping arrangements, (2) extra room on a floor (students would arrive with pillows and a sleeping bag) and (3) Shabbat meals. If you can provide help in any of these areas, please fill out Stern’s google document https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao_u_gGo3vICdE1GQmplMlhyUEd4UXQ2T2VYSmFmRFE . You may also contact Shana Glasser – sglasser@yu.edu Thank you.

    I do not know the current status.

  45. shaul shapira says:

    Dr Kaplan: I’ve been away from the computer for a while so I didn’t see you’re commwent in this thread
    http://torahmusings.com/2012/10/its-all-about-education/

    “If Haredi women and men want to be separated on buses, then let them have their own private buses.”
    Agreed

    “In the news article you cite a group of Haredi women threw a man out a sherut run by a non-haredi sherut company that presumably serves the general public. Do you really see nothing wrong with this?”

    I see something wrong with forcing your religious norms on someone simply by brute force. My only point of contention is that if they need the Chareidim econonomically (such as in the case of EL AL http://www.haaretz.com/news/ultra-orthodox-community-el-al-hammer-out-draft-agreement-1.208338 ), then it becomes a financial decision on the part of the company to acccomadate (what they percieve as) a meshugas on the part of the Chareidim. Egged needs Chareidim as much as Chareidim need egged

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehadrin_bus_lines#History
    “The so called “mehadrin” bus lines were created in the late 1990s for the Haredi public. It began with two lines in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak in 1997. In fall 2001, Dan and Egged bus companies, in order to compete with private buses run by Haredim, had come to an agreement with the ultra-Orthodox Mehadrin Council.”

    My point with my original link was that “Critics have likened the “mehadrin” lines to racial segregation in the United States, with Shear compared to African American icon Rosa Parks.” ,is a terrible comparison. Think of Rosa Parks throwing a white man out of her seat.

  46. Anonymous says:

    ▪ ‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed

    FWIW, now that the new Hakirah is out, this article can be read for free in it’s entirety:

    http://www.hakirah.org/Vol13Rapoport.pdf

  47. Steve Brizel says:

    I agree with R Gil’s assessment of the anonymously authored Commentator op ed.

  48. MiMedinat HaYam says:

    “why should the Jewish community subsidize Yeshiva tuition of children of multi millionaires because they are bright?”

    ?because they (might) be going to another school?

    2. how much do these TAs earn? OTOH, decent rabbi jobs arent exactly easy to get these days. (and i understand the assistant mashgiach positions werent well paying either, whatever that position entailed.)

    but well paying YU RY jobs are. and good RY in all yeshivot (RW, LW, etc) are pretty well paying. (of course, RY usually means fundraiser, too. and administrator. not at YU.) note, all wings of O have RY who have additional jobs.

    3. the next prez of YU has to placate the RY. this is just a beginning, if RJ wants to have influence in the decision. R Lamm, interstingly, disavowed interest in the decision. (and he did disconnect the RIETS veto over the decision.)

    in know, its four years away.

  49. HAGTBG says:

    Dr Lamm was certainly a major Jewish figure-no one believed that either was followed by RY. Did Rabbi Gorelick follow Dr Belkins hashkafa-did Rabbi Parness follow Dr. Lamms hashkafa?

    At least in my time there, R Lamm was a counterweight to the RY. They didn’t follow him but they respected him and, more relevantlym much of the student body respected him as an intellectual leader. He was setting out an ideology more in keeping, I assume, with these authors. I don’t know if YU has in fact changed with his lessened presence.

  50. MiMedinat HaYam says:

    it seems RJ is reading torah musings. he just sent out a letter to alumni, including the paragraph

    “I must also thank those from our wonderful Washington Heights community who eagerly provided home hospitality for hundreds of our students who were in need of it.”

    of course, no mention of SCW, though i did get an email from WSIS requesting hospitality for SCW students.

  51. mycroft says:

    “HAGTBG on November 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    Dr Lamm was certainly a major Jewish figure-no one believed that either was followed by RY. Did Rabbi Gorelick follow Dr Belkins hashkafa-did Rabbi Parness follow Dr. Lamms hashkafa?

    At least in my time there, R Lamm was a counterweight to the RY. They didn’t follow him but they respected him and, more relevantlym much of the student body respected him as an intellectual leader”
    No doubt that many respected R Lamm as an intellectual leader. I’ve had very little contact with YU since the Belkin era-but certainly I have read much of R Lamms writings-I don’t read Richard Joel’s writings but eagerly await Joel Rich’s writings.

  52. IH says:

    Much has been written about the need to energize American MO youth (e.g. http://torahmusings.com/2012/07/the-road-forward-for-modern-orthodoxy/). So, I was struck this morning by this article in yesterday’s NYT More Mormon Women Enroll as Missionaries

    The new minimum age for young men means that most will be eligible right after their senior year in high school. Until now, Mormon men typically went to college or worked for a year before going on a mission. […]

    Michael Purdy, a spokesman for the church, said that typically about 700 new applications for missionary service were initiated each week. Since the announcement, the number has jumped to about 4,000 applications each week, and slightly more than half of the applicants are women.

    In Israel, of course, there is the communal responsibility of the army or sherut le’umi before a gap year can even be entertained. And while American MO spending a gap year in Israel is commendable, is that more about engaging in communal responsibility, or about satisfying the individual?

    Perhaps we can learn something from this change in Mormon policy.

  53. mycroft says:

    “And while American MO spending a gap year in Israel is commendable, is that more about engaging in communal responsibility, or about satisfying the individual?”

    Rhetorical question?

  54. IH:

    “In Israel, of course, there is the communal responsibility of the army or sherut le’umi before a gap year can even be entertained”

    that’s absolutely not true. hesder, pre-army academies, etc.
    although general point about american 18-year-olds well taken. there have been israel programs that combine learning with some type of communal service, but as far as i know they haven’t been successful.

  55. avi says:

    In Israel the “Gap year” is done after the Army and before joining the work force.

 
 

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