Yeshivah bachurim from the overseas studying in Israel will now be entitled to the same official student status as university students, Arutz Sheva reported on Wednesday.
Minister of the Interior Rabbi Aryeh Deri of Shas persuaded the Foreign Ministry to change the rules, so that yeshivah students can apply for student status prior to their arrival in Israel, thereby saving time-consuming visits to Israeli government offices once in the country.
Rabbi Deri praised the change, saying, “Making the status of yeshivah students equal to that of university students has value in principle, not only in practice. We can’t allow a situation where the status of someone coming to study Torah in Israel is lower than that of someone coming to university.
“The new arrangement gives justice to thousands of Jews, will make their lives a lot easier, and will free up much more time for Torah study, and this is especially important as we near the new Elul term,” he added.