IDF Chief To Rabbonim: Officers Training Will Accommodate Separate Gender Units


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IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott met for a number of hours with rabbonim from thje dati leumi community headed by Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita and Rabbi Zalman Menachem. Eizenkott listened to their concerns over the integration of females into combat units, informing them that religious officers’ cadets in Base 1 would be accommodated rather than forced to enter a mixed unit.

He promised them that separate companies would be established in the Lahav and Nachshon battalions next month.

Rav Melamed has recently spoken out about serving in and commanding such units, stating one has to give up one’s parnasa rather than to command a mixed unit.

Eizenkott met with 16 rabbonim this week in his office, a meeting that latest a number of hours.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. However women’s singing is an IDF Law and they won’t be able to get out of that.

    Will he allow men and women separate bathrooms and showers or will they need the mercy from the Begatz to approve it since the norm in the IDF is mixed gender to chase the Shchinah away from there. (דברים כ”ג ט”ו)
    כִּי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ מִתְהַלֵּךְ בְּקֶרֶב מַחֲנֶךָ, לְהַצִּילְךָ וְלָתֵת אֹיְבֶיךָ לְפָנֶיךָ, וְהָיָה מַחֲנֶיךָ, קָדוֹשׁ: וְלֹא-יִרְאֶה בְךָ עֶרְוַת דָּבָר, וְשָׁב מֵאַחֲרֶיךָ