Torah Education Recognized as Equivalent to Academic
by Eliezer Rauchberger
A Knesset committee has decided to recognize higher Torah
education for the purpose of appointment to positions of
political aides to members of the Knesset. Vocational and
academic education only had been recognized until now.
The decision was made by the special Committee for the
Determining of the Employment Conditions of the Knesset
members in the wake of UTJ MK's Rabbi Gafni's claim that at
least a fifth of the Knesset members prefer that their
professional aides' have higher Torah education as opposed to
academic or vocational education.
Each member of the Knesset is entitled to hire support staff
and the chareidi members prefer to look for at least part of
their staff in the graduates of the yeshiva world rather than
secular academic institutions.