Yahadut Hatorah opposes biometric yeshiva attendance monitoring system
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 9 January 2013
Last summer, Vice Premier Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) proposed that yeshiva
students who are studying in yeshiva instead of serving in the IDF or
alternative national service be subject to a biometric yeshiva attendance
monitoring system to insure that they are present at the yeshiva.
Under the plan, students clock in on a finger pad at the yeshiva when they
enter or leave the yeshiva. In addition, a monitoring team would randomly
contact yeshivas over the course of each day and randomly ask for a yeshiva
student who has clocked into the system to clock in on the finger pad.
It should be noted that on a philosophical level, those supporting the
position that those who wish to study full time in yeshiva should be allowed
to do so rather than serve in the IDF maintain that their "yeshiva service"
provides protection for the Jewish State just as service in the IDF provides
protection. Simply put, "yeshiva service" is not seen as something
comparable to "academic studies" but rather "army service".
IMRA has contacted Shas, Yahadut Hatorah, Bayit Yehudi and Otzma Leyisrael
to find out their position on this proposal.
The spokesman for MK Rav Yisrael Eichler, Chairman of United Torah Judaism
(Yahadut Hatorah), replied immediately that as far as Yahadut Hatorah (and
for that matter, the entire ultra orthodox community) is concerned, such a
program "will not be established nor will it exist," and that such
monitoring of yeshiva attendance would constitute discrimination against