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    • Zev Davis
    • 17.11.10 | 09:26 (IST)

    "not" what some of the upper level of IDF want. If, for insance the provisions that might bring more Haredim into the Army, such as a certain level of "modesty" that doesn't exist at presence. No women for female personnel in their installations, and the possiblity, barring the obvious military situations that arise to study Torah. It is no secret that the percentage of Halachically Observant officers at the middle level in Zahal is growing, and many officers, even the non-Halachcially Observant among them regard "BenYishim", as they are called in Army slang as some of the finest soldiers in their units. There has always been an anti-religious strain in Zahal that tends to treat Halachic Observance as a form of leprosy. It is possible to observe Halacha in the Army, but the ignorance and prejudice of some commanders gets in the way of understanding "how". As to Mr. Hal's comment about "praying" Haredim have been know to get their gear together, clean their weapons, pray, and get to the formation in the morning without any problems. From my experience the "elephants" in the gun barrels are ususally in the gear of the non-Halachiclaly Obsvervant soldieres who tend to waste more of theri time in the morning before the formation.

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    First published 01:28 17.11.10 | Last updated 01:28 17.11.10
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