When Moses was leading the Jews in Sinai, all males were conscripted. Even the Levites accompanied the troops into battle. Why is the secular Jew's blood more expendable than the yeshiva student's? Let's get real, make them serve already. Make them associate with their heathen brethren. If they're so strong in their beliefs it will be an opportunity for them to give their point of view to the secular, maybe inspire them. Meanwhile the IDF must respect Jewish law and accomodate these soldiers. In a world that has parve ice cream, any obstacles can be surmounted. And make burning the flag on lag baomer a criminal, imprisonable offense!
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from the article: Draft deferrals for yeshiva students surpass 50,000 mark in 2006