Friday, December 31, 2010

Conservative Movement Response to Yeshiva Stipends

Our sister movement, the Masorti movement in Israel, just put out the following ads on Israeli buses. This ad responds to the current Israeli government policy which provides stipends for ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid army service and refuse work in order to study at yeshivot (study houses.) The advertisement quotes the ancient Jewish text Pirkei Avot about the importance of working while one studies:

"All Torah that is not accompanied by work will end in its nullification and will lead to sin."