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Luring the Haredim Backward

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Data from the Israel Democracy Institute regarding demographic changes in ultra-Orthodox society should worry decision makers as well as every citizen. They show that the number of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) men in yeshivas and kollels (yeshivas for married men) shot up in 2017 to 114,100, compared to 94,000 in 2014, a rise of 21 percent in only three years.

Moreover, for the first time since higher education programs aimed at Haredim started opening in 1998, there was a drop in the number of Haredim enrolled, from 9,600 people to 9,400.

>>More ultra-Orthodox students enroll in yeshivas but fewer go to academic institutions

These statistics combine with data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, which show that the trend toward employment among Haredi men has also reversed; for three straight........

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