R. Shlomo Aviner: Soldiers, Do Not Disobey Orders

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R. Shlomo Aviner ruled:

Former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira instructs his students who are soldiers not to fulfill orders to uproot Jews from their homes… Rabbi Shlomo Aviner of Beit El, another leading rabbi of the same sector, recently delivered the opposite ruling…

Refusing of orders by an Israeli soldier is a matter of national Pikuach Nefesh…

If today we refuse orders, tomorrow others will refuse to protect our homes and institutions!…

No soldier or group of soldiers can prevent the evacuation by refusing orders. They will simply be put in jail and someone else will do the evil deed. It is the State that is committing the sin, not the individuals. Those individuals who refuse will be left with the mortal sin of “weakening the hands of the military” without the benefit of having accomplished any Mitzva.


From Wed. Oct. 20th Ha’aretz (thanks to Shmarya):

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the rabbi of Beit El and head of the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva, yesterday said he continues to vehemently oppose military refusal and soldiers should not refuse orders to evacuate settlements.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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