Israeli Draft

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I had wanted to avoid taking a position on the change in the Israeli draft exemption for yeshiva students. To my great shame, I live in the Diaspora and neither I nor my sons have served or will serve in the IDF. I am as guilty as the Israeli Charedi community of violating Bamidbar 32:6:

האחיכם יבאו למלחמה ואתם תשבו פה?
Shall your brothers go to the war and you sit here?

Who am I to say anything?

However, with a prayer rally planned for this Sunday in NY and many yeshivas arranging for their students to attend, I told concerned parents to instruct their sons to do the following: If they are forced to recite prayers, they should follow Rav Shlomo Aviner’s position and pray that yeshiva students voluntarily enlist and fulfill the great mitzvah of defending the Jewish people and land.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Torah Musings.


  1. Generally agree, I would have left out “nor my sons “, there is still hope that our descendants will have a redemptive moment – see this week’s audioroundup
    Professor Smadar Rosensweig-The Hidden and the Revealed in the Destiny and the Initiative of Esther and Mordechai
    Tanach wide themes that destiny must be earned and one can be mitakein (fix) predecessors’ errors to redeem their destiny.


  2. yoni the yogi

    And about deciding for oneself and to not go if you don’t agree with this asifa.

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