Government Votes to Restore Financial Assistance to Avreichim

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A scene in the Mirrer Yeshivah, Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A scene in the Mirrer Yeshivah, Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Israeli government has approved the new law providing guaranteed minimum income (havtachat hachnasah) for avreichim and students.

The measure, which totals approximately 100 million shekels, and is anchored in the coalition agreement, provides for financial assistance of about 900 shekels monthly to some 10,000 avreichim.

The avreichim who qualify for the assistance do not own a home or car and devote their full time to Torah studies.

The government’s decision takes effect immediately and the money should be transferred without delay to the avreichim. At the same time, however, it will be enacted as law, a process expected to take about three months.

Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Rabbi Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) authored the proposal.

Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) noted that this measure is “designed to correct the injustice done to thousands of avreichim and their families by the previous government, which cut their financial assistance for the sole reason that they are chareidim.”