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    • Zev Davis
    • 24.10.10 | 13:45 (IST)

    I am glad that we are blessed with all of fourteen students who are about to study literature at the "Hebrew University of Jerusalem", and the far fewer young men and women who have chosen to enter the Humanities, or consider the Hebrew language, or the Bible a serious enough endeavor for a young person to study--ain't no money in dat either, dude! Could be the solution to this plonter is to provide stipends for those areas of Jewish culture that our current Hedonist-Materialist opinion leaders are promoting. That includes the material that Bialik put on his "bookshelf". Yes, Virginia, it means Classical Torah studies aka what they study at Yeshivot, as well as the other more non-Classical approaches at the other academic instituttions of this country. Let us not come to the point that the Jews of the Land of Israel are illiterate in thier own language. Even now when young people come into positions where they have to express themselves, just to write a lousy letter in Hebrew, or say something intelligent to an audience that uses "the Sources", the audience has better language skills that the person "up front" who is supposed to have studied so many years at a university. Yeah, stipends, money for students who come into the infrastructure in this country who know something about who we are as a nation, not just techies with cyberjargon, but also understand what our Sages and intellectual leaders have said about our role, as Jews here, and now, and in the future even if we don't always share the same point of view.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / How the government plans to legalize banned stipends for Haredis
    First published 09:42 24.10.10 | Last updated 09:42 24.10.10
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