“The chareidim err regarding military service. Little by little this error is ending however”, states Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a prominent posek in the dati leumi community.
Rabbi Aviner was speaking to students about the Plesner Committee, with the latter being the government committee that is working to legislate the law that will replace the Tal Law, simply defining the new reality for citizens of Israel regarding military or national services, primarily directed at chareidim and Arabs.
“The army is our common denominator and we mustn’t lose this” added the rav.
Rabbi Aviner told his talmidim that the chareidim are good people, people who are moser nefesh in their avodas Hashem, but regarding this particular matter they are not correct.
The rav believes in bringing chareidim into the fold of sharing the burden via IDF or national service. He feels this can be accomplished while providing them an atmosphere in line with their hashkafa as well as inducting them into a military service after their complete their studies, prior to joining the workforce.
“Tzahal is Am Yisrael and it is the single largest common denominator we have. We mustn’t lose this” the rav concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)