HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Ariel Shlita, a leading posek for the dati leumi community explained that “Our commitment to the IDF is based on the Torah, not a government decision. Those advocating women serving in the IDF, security is at heart”. The rav made his comments at a dati leumi education kenos in Ulpana Reut High School in Petach Tikvah. He relates to rabbonim who give a heter for women to enter the IDF as being “irresponsible” and feels they are influences by the media. “This is how the Reform Movement began” he warned.
Some 70 heads of educational institutions in the dati leumi community took part in panel discussions. Heading the event were Rabbis Ariel, Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita, and Rabbi Eitan Eiseman Shlita, all expressing opposition to religious women serving in the IDF.
“With all our love for the IDF, we believe the army is not the place for women” explained Rabbi Chaim Druckman. “Not religious women specifically but all women. We must be honest. This is a simple fact.” Rabbi Ariel suggested establishing a ‘super’ Sheirut Leumi program for those young ladies who wish to do more and give more, to provide them a vehicle outside the IDF framework.
Rabbonim from תנועת נאמני תורה ועבודה commented on Rabbi Ariel’s remarks that this is how the Reform Movement began, stating there are always those who are wary of change but often, the fixation and lack of examination of the changing realities is what leads to a more dangerous situation. This is especially true regarding this issue, which they feel is primarily a matter of education and not halacha.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)