IDF Rabbinate Creating New, Paid Positions for ultra-Orthodox Recruits

Army rabbis seek to recruit Haredim as kashrut supervisors, ritual scribes and burial experts, but critics within the defense establishment say high cost is unjustified, for these jobs won't provide recruits with skills needed for civilian profession.

In advance of the possibility that yeshiva students will be required to do service in the Israel Defense Forces, the military rabbinate is interested in bringing ultra-Orthodox recruits into its ranks. In a plan formulated recently at the rabbinate, there is a formula for appealing to potential Haredi recruits, offering them positions serving as army kashrut supervisors, ritual scribes and in the unit for...