The Schmooze

Praying to Keep Haredim Out of the IDF

Two weeks ago the Shmooze was a bit bamboozled by the complete loss of any sense of proportion by Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi. Now, rabbinic melodrama seems to be spreading.

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar claimed that people should pray against plans to give state salaries to Reform rabbis just like they pray when “rockets are fired at Israel,” and on Saturday one of his predecessors Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas political party, called for synagogues everywhere to ask God during prayers to derail plans to draft Haredim to the army in Israel. In fulfillment of a Supreme Court decision the government plans to end the military exemption for Haredim.

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Praying to Keep Haredim Out of the IDF

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