The best and most gifted - ok And I don't believe that those always come form the ranks of the 'ultra orthodox". Also: In order to fulfill the true destiny of a talmudic scholar - serving the public with wisdom and human understanding, service to the public at some stage would be a great plus, since it will bring them close to the people of the land which they are meant to serve and increase their love and understanding without which you cannot possibly ever make any 'rulings' that concern those very human beings (unless again you are only counting the ones in your own narrow enclave). Study of the Torah is great, if it really serves all those around you with love and compassion - and humility, not arrogance.
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from the article: 1,000 reasons to allow Talmudic exemptions from the IDF