PHOTOS: Admorim Consult With Maran HaRav Shteinman On IDF Draft Issue


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A meeting between Admorim Shlita and Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita lead many to believe the chareidim may renew a dialogue with IDF officials.

The Belzer Rebbe Shlita, the Sanzer Rebbe Shlita and Moditz Rebbe Shlita met in the Bnei Brak home of Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita. The admorim were escorted by the secretary of the Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, Rabbi Mordechai Stern. They discussed the matter of the chareidi draft in an effort to reach a united position across the board including both the chassidish and litvish communities.

Rabbi Dovid Shapira, a grandson of Maran R’ Shteinman was called into the meeting at some point. The Belzer Rebbe had a written agenda of all the matters he felt needed to be discussed.

The admorim wish to prohibit reporting to the IDF entirely, even for the first draft notice in line with the position of the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita. They explained as far as the Vishnitzer Rebbe is concerned, it is an issue of tznius due to the lack of modesty in indication centers. At the end, the Belzer Rebbe met with Rav Shteinman privately for a short time.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. It’s very nice to see all of these pictures, but why would R’ Shteinman shlit”a’s family allow random people to walk in and take pictures? And isn’t it a bit lacking kavod to do this? Are these our yidishe paparazzi?

  2. charedi soldiers are just low level grunts

    The officer also brushed off the suggestion of establishing a special hareidi track for an officers’ course at Training Camp 1, saying “anyone who wants to become an officer ought to leave the hareidi track .”

    He clarified by noting that all officers must train with both male and female units …

    On the other end of the spectrum, Yokneam Illit tops the percentage for IDF soldiers, with 93.3% of young men and women serving in the IDF today – followed by Nes Tziona at 91.4%, and Hod Hasharon at 91.2%.

    Hod Hasharon is the top-ranking city for women’s service in the IDF, with 87.7% of women serving, followed by Giva’taim (85.5%), Nes Tziona (84.5%), Eilat and Ramat Hasharon (both 84.4%).

    Overall, only 50% of Israel’s citizens enlist in military service in total. 37% of the new recruits are Jewish men, 39% are Jewish women and the remaining 24% are minorities (e.g. Druze) – women and men equally.