Israeli Military Facial-hair Furor Cuts Across Religious, Nonreligious Lines

Nonreligious and moderately observant soldiers claim ultra-Orthodox will benefit most from new policy limiting those who can grow beards. Leading Zionist religious rabbi: Religious soldiers should refuse order to shave.

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Orthodox soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces joined the protest against the new regulation pertaining to growing beards that takes effect on Tuesday. Their argument: More strictly observant ultra-Orthodox...