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    • Michael Davison
    • 23.11.11 | 06:58 (IST)

    No military is a democracy. No military can afford to have common soldiers, noncoms and junior officers deciding which legal orders they will obey and which ones they will not. When attendance in an on-base event is mandatory, that means the individual has no choice but to attend. This is a case of "the camel's nose under the tent flap". In addition, the business of women singing is NOT halakha, but minhag (custom, not law). The only thing a soldier so adamant about not hearing a woman sing is to request guard duty at the time of the event, thereby legitimately excusing him. End of story.

    from the article: IDF must bar soldiers from leaving events over women's singing, officer says
    First published 01:03 23.11.11 | Last updated 01:03 23.11.11
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