Responding to the Call For Religious Women Not to Serve in the Army

The Jerusalem Post reported on the renewed call from the Chief Rabbinate and Rabbi Eliyahu against religious women serving in Israeli army.

The article also quoted one dissenting voice – that of Beit Hillel:

Religious Female Soldiers Learning Midreshet Lindenbaum

Photo credit: Midreshet Lindenbaum

The war being waged by rabbis against the increasing number of religious girls enlisting simply reduces their relevance to the girls.

Instead of fighting against them, rabbis should educate them to [perform] substantial service for the State of Israel and give them the direction and spiritual support, whether they decide to do the national service program or whether they decide to enlist in the IDF.

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3 Responses to Responding to the Call For Religious Women Not to Serve in the Army

  1. David E Y Sarna (@DSarna) January 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM #

    The main problem is political. They are hopeless. The minor problem is tzniut; this can be addressed with good will, as many of bnot yirael, tznuot vechasudot who have served can testify. It’s just a red herring in the haredized establishment’s war on the 21st century and its goal of creeping Talibanism in Israel, all in corrupt furtherance of their own economic interests at the expense of Klal Yisrael.

  2. Yosef Goldberg June 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

    When the Yishuv is confronted with three existential dangers Iran,Hezbalah, and Hamas, the notion of halachacly examining the participation of females in its defense, borders on the ludicrous. Religious Zionism has adjusted to women participating in the work-force, despite the problems inherent in this “adjustment” and hopefully will accept the fact of females joining the armed forces.

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