Free Money For Jews
Posted in the Brevard County Forum
#1 Jan 14, 2013
Each Haredi Yeshiva Student Gets More Than $14,000 Per Year In Government Subsidies, Report Claims
Shmarya Rosenberg Failedmessiah.com
How much money does the state give to the average married yeshiva student?
According to Ynet, it depends on who you ask.
Hiddush, the religious freedom and freedom from religion advocacy organization, argues in a new report that the benefit basket for a 28-year-old married yeshiva student with 3 to 4 children is 4100-4800 NIS ($1100 to $1300) per month and average of $14,400 per year.
Hiddush places the total number of haredi yeshiva students who were exempted from military service in 2010 (from induction age through the top age of reserve service) at 62,500.
Haredim claim that Hiddush is basing its calculation on bad data, and that its calculations are wrong. They also argue that many of the benefits Hiddush talks about are available to all Israelis, regardless of religious beliefs.
Hiddush claims that while that may be true on paper, in reality those benefits have been tailor made for haredim. That well-fitting suit of clothes doesnt fit the vast majority of non-haredim, Hiddush claims meaning non-haredim dont qualify for those benefits.
What makes up the basket of benefits for the average married yeshiva student according to Hiddush?
The first component, and the least controversial, is the stipend each student gets, worth about 800 NIS ($215) per month. These stipends can last until age the student tuns 67-years-old.
In addition, nearly ten thousand yeshiva students can get income support payments on top of their base stipend. These students have three or more children, and their wife does not work (or declares that she only works a small amount each month and earns up to 1,500 shekels [$400]). This student gets 1040 NIS ($280).
Students whose wives work and earn more than NIS 1,500 ($400) a month are not entitled to income support scholarships, but this loss of subsidy income is offset in part by a tax credit, which Hiddush calculates as $4800 NIS ($1300) or 400 NIS ($107) a month.
A yeshiva family the family with three children, where the wife earns 5,000 NIS ($1341) a month, it will receive 400 NIS ($107) from the state as a negative income tax credit.
Haredi yeshiva students also get property tax reductions of 60% to 90%.
Married yeshiva students also save on national insurance and health insurance.
And then there are the child allowances, which average about 850 NIS ($228) per married 28-year-old yeshiva student with children and housing benefits that average out to 1200 NIS to 1700 NIS ($322 to $456) per month.
#2 Jan 14, 2013
Anyone in America know where this money comes from?
Maybe Governor Scott and his kosher food?
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