In the Eyes of One Rabbi, IDF Soldiers May Be Better Off Dead

In a fanatical reaction to warm ultra-Orthodox support for the IDF in Gaza, Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Kalmanovitz preaches that it's better for soldiers to die in battle than to live as sinners.

A wave of warm feelings for the Israel Defense Forces swept over Israel’s ultra-Orthodox citizens in recent weeks, and was expressed in prayer, study and the recitation of Psalms on its behalf. However, it turns out that not all ultra-Orthodox people share the same sentiments.