'Why Him and Not Me?' The Orthodox Women Defying Their Rabbis and Joining the Israeli Army

The number of observant women in the military has skyrocketed nearly 170 percent in five years, with the biggest rise seen in combat roles. Four religious women reveal why they’re reporting for duty

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Eighteen-year-old Avital Kupietzky is set to join the army this week. For most young Israeli women her age, this would be an obvious step. But not for women like her who grew up in Orthodox homes.