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In this column last week (“Counting slices of bread,” Oct. 18), I wrote about the cruelty of government ministries, whose actions harm a group they should in fact be promoting and glorifying. I call this group “those opting for freedom,” namely, some 1,200 young people who leave the Haredi fold every year). I recounted the poverty from which they suffer; the abuse they endure at the hands of the Economy and Industry Ministry, the indifference of the Finance Ministry that does not help them; and the story of a mother who counts slices of bread every morning so she will have enough to feed her son during the day.