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Military and Security Forces: January 9, 2012

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Students and soldiers from the Hesder Yeshivas [?] have called on IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz to reconsider his order to forbid religious troops from leaving official ceremonies which include women singing.

 

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January 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Closed Society: November 17,2011‎

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Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Head of the Hesder Yeshiva in Elon Moreh, announced that if the IDF forces soldiers to participate in ceremonies where women sing, then he would advise against drafting. According to Rabbi Levanon, this IDF decision constitutes a “forced  conversion” – a term that designates an attempt to eradicate Judaism. “Rabbis must direct soldiers to leave such ceremonies… even if a firing squad is waiting outside you must leave the place. It’s called “forced conversion”. As soon as the army issues such a coercive order, all norms are broken, everything is broken,” said the Rabbi.

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November 17th, 2011 at 8:47 am

Military and Security Forces: November 14, 2011

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Even though the Ministry of Education decided to close down the “Od Yosef Chai” yeshiva in Yitzhar two weeks ago, the IDF continues to recognize it as a “High Yeshiva”, enrollment in which can defer military service.

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Military and Security Forces: June 21, 2011

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Commander of battalion no. 101 of the Paratroops Brigade, Lt. Col. Alon Madanes, prevented Hesder Yeshiva soldiers who serve in his battalion from starting a Squad Leader Course, as long as they belong to the Hesder Yeshiva.

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June 21st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Local Government: 30 May, 2011

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The Shaalvim Hesder Yeshiva received allocation of a structure in Ramla that was supposed to serve as a community center for Muslim residents of the city.

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May 30th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Education: 16 March, 2011

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Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Zini, head of the Yeshivat Hesder*of Haifa, has called the Arabs “a killer people” and demanded their collective punishment.

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*[A Yeshiva is a traditional Jewish religious college. A Yeshivat Hesder is one whose students serve together in the military, allowing them to serve in the military as well as study Talmud.]

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March 16th, 2011 at 3:36 pm