PM: More thorough approach needed to integrate Haredim, Israeli Arabs into national service; Mofaz: PM is avoiding issue of injustice, illegality of Haredi draft exemption.
The committee on the replacement of the Tal Law on Haredi draft exemptions, headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner, could have drafted a report with a significant impact if it had included the broadest views shared by its members.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, founder of Shuvu Banim yeshiva in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter, calls for solidarity with Syria's children, 'even if some grow up to be terrorists.'
Kook was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi under the British Mandate, and leader of the Jews of Palestine in the early 20th century.
A fight over who will succeed an ailing leader is being fought in print – and threatens to split a community.
Ultra-Orthodox in the Army Founder of IDF's Haredi Battalion Blasts 'Arrogance' of State's Enlistment Panel
Army officer accuses the Plesner Committee, which is tasked with drafting a replacement for the Tal law, of misleading the public out of political considerations.
Haredi parties have boycotted the Plesner Committee, but Shas ministers have promised Netanyahu that they would address issues in dispute as soon as possible.
Orthodox rabbis, ministers and MKs hold 'emergency meeting' about foiling the state's plan, while some 50 Conservative and Reform activists gathered outside to urge it forward.
Some 130 Orthodox rabbis, as well as right-wing MKs, participate in meeting called by Sepahrdic Chief Rabbi Amar, aimed at foiling state's decision; non-Orthodox rabbi stage protest of their own outside rabbinate.
The Tal Law, which exempts ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from mandatory military service, was declared unconstitutional by the High Court in February, and is due to expire in August.