After the Supreme Court ruled to stop funding ultra-Orthodox yeshivas whose students avoid military service, community leaders are now rallying to financially support these schools. They estimate needing between $55 to $83 million.

This weekend, Rabbi Moshe Hillel Hirsch, a key figure in the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community, met with the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, who speaks for several Hasidic groups. They agreed to start a fund for yeshiva donations.

Initially hesitant, Rabbi Hirsch was convinced to accept significant donations from Jewish businessmen abroad, aiming to support these institutions despite fears it might cause division.

The meeting, which represented a rare moment of agreement between two factions often at odds over military service for yeshiva students, emphasized unity. Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers were advised to stay out of the fundraising efforts.

Rabbi Hirsch, known for his moderate stance, openly criticized the Supreme Court to his students, claiming it is against their religion and lifestyle. "We must stand firm against these challenges," he urged.