Dozens of hareidi men have been massing at the administrative offices of the national civilian service in recent days, seeking to volunteer for for civilian service. The number has risen gradually since the Supreme Court decision striking down the Tal Law, which provides deferments for draft-age yeshiva students, gaining momentum with the establishment of a committee to develop an alternative to the Tal Law. Record numbers have been registered, not only in comparison to 2011 figures, but also over the last few months.
National Service head Sar-Shalom Jerbi attributed some of the high numbers to dialogue between his office and the hareidi community, in addition to the changes in the Tal Law, which officially expires on Sunday. He wrote a letter to Deputy Attorney General Mike Blass asking for clarification on the impact of the Tal Law's expiration on those who have registered in recent months and those expected to register in the future.