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  1. That is a lot of Jewish ppl. God Bless Israel and the people.

    Comment by Melanie Wabaunasee Butler — March 3, 2014 @ 4:31 AM

  2. Agree!

    Comment by Paula Friedman — March 3, 2014 @ 6:27 AM

  3. They should serve. That would be an honor to Hashem.

    Comment by Boston Dan — March 3, 2014 @ 6:28 AM

  4. They don’t give their fellow Israelis the right time of day. How are they going to serve?

    Comment by Levana Kirschenbaum — March 3, 2014 @ 6:30 AM

  5. if they dont want to serve they need to get out from israel

    Comment by Krispolo Da Jegaloo — March 3, 2014 @ 6:33 AM

  6. Absolutely bloody ridiculous. They will quite happily accept the protection but are unwilling to offer it. They think they’re above and beyond all those brave men and women who risk their lives daily serving (partly for them) in the IDF? I’m sorry, but that is not a Jew. And I’m sorry if I offend anyone here (I am the grandson of a Shoah survivor so I can say this) but these men are exactly the type who would quite happily be carted to the gas chambers without putting up a fight. All this has been shown on TV across the globe today, not exactly going against our old Jewish stereotype is it?!

    Comment by Jonathan McKean — March 3, 2014 @ 6:37 AM

  7. I agree with everything this author states. How is it fair that other young Jewish men and women put their lives on the line to protect these guys so they can study all day? I thought the mitzvah of saving lives trumped all others?

    Comment by Leila Cook — March 3, 2014 @ 6:41 AM

  8. They are spitting in the face of HaShem… they miss quote and use the Torah as a tool for their lack of faith…they do not understand what they study… the Rabbi are planting bad seed in their heads and heart… all because of a steady income of young men…who would not be at the bank bayit.!

    Comment by Cori LBere — March 3, 2014 @ 6:49 AM

  9. Excuse my ignorance, but where in the Torah does it say that they shouldn’t or can’t fight? I’m no scholar and not one to quote the Torah, but there are plenty of people in the Torah who fought for Israel. Joshua, David, Judah, Caleb, and Ehud, to name a few.

    Comment by Richard Steinberg — March 3, 2014 @ 7:25 AM

  10. Well if they don’t want to participate, they can leave.

    Comment by Daniel Ben Moshe — March 3, 2014 @ 7:31 AM

  11. Right on Chris, if they don’t want to serve, the door is that way, don’t let the door hit them where Hashem split them:-D

    Comment by Daniel Ben Moshe — March 3, 2014 @ 7:34 AM

  12. so they can study all day, nobody needs to study all day

    Comment by Suzanna Eibuszyc — March 3, 2014 @ 7:41 AM

  13. The tribes of Reuben, Manassa and Gad had to serve with the rest of the tribes when they first stepped into Canaan!

    Comment by Karin Berryman — March 3, 2014 @ 9:27 AM

  14. double standard brutes :P

    Comment by Kay Xiarras — March 3, 2014 @ 9:33 AM

  15. Rav Daniel Segal

    Comment by Henrique Gandelman — March 3, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

  16. Let them serve like everybody else.

    Comment by Judi Fradkin — March 3, 2014 @ 1:36 PM

  17. If you enjoying protection from the IDF you also have to serve in the army. Otherwise leave the country.

    Comment by Thomas Günther — March 3, 2014 @ 1:57 PM

  18. just shirking their duty

    Comment by Barbara Herzfield Erasmus — March 3, 2014 @ 2:19 PM

  19. پسندیدم

    Comment by Manouchehr Asadi — March 3, 2014 @ 2:35 PM

  20. Hanukkah: A Time to Fight http://www.aish.com/sp/lal/Hanukkah-A-Time-to-Fight.html

    Comment by Aharon Brewer — March 3, 2014 @ 3:14 PM

  21. shameful display-this author has it right!

    Comment by Fred Gottesman — March 3, 2014 @ 4:23 PM

  22. no it is not right they should not do this

    Comment by Sephora Deborah Leah — March 3, 2014 @ 4:27 PM

  23. They are an embarrassing group of people and should not be eligible for any benefits from the country if they won’t defend it.

    Comment by Karen Bryant — March 3, 2014 @ 4:45 PM

  24. Quienes son los ortodoxos como para no hacer la tzavá y defender a Medinat Israel. Los demás defienden hasta con sus vidas, incluso no judíos, y ellos solamente se la pasan rezando. No es justo.

    Comment by Daniel Jose Cazes — March 3, 2014 @ 4:49 PM

  25. i hesitated posting the above, because it makes us Jews look bad to the world. But then I thought about how I have never hesitated to be quite critical of specific Christian beliefs. I figure it is only fair to criticize my own people, when I think it is warranted. I have sometimes been critical of my own Jewish people, but until now, it has almost always been against secular Leftist Jews. What makes this time different, is that this involves not just traditional, Orthodox Jews, but the ultra-Orthodox Jews, who make up the vast majority of Israel’s religious Jewish population. In the above picture, over a half of a million such Jews, are protesting their government compelling them to serve in the Army. Their argument is that the secret to Jewish survival over the centuries is not military might, but rather Torah study. While this may be true in the long run, it is also true that we Jews are not supposed to depend on miracles. We are to live our lives according to its natural laws. G-d may choose to perform miracles for us when needed, but we must not demand this of Him. and in that light, as valuable as Torah study is, it is a whole lot more difficult to study Torah when we are being murdered by our enemies. Very few Jews were able to learn Torah in Auschwitz. First we must defend ourselves militarily, so as to enable us to pursue more spiritual activities such as Torah study. Same with earning a living. Too many of the ultra-Orthodox Jews do not bother to learn any job skills necessary to earn a living, and then either live off of charity, or make their wives work full time while raising the many children that they tend to have, like in the dozens. This is extremely unfair, and to my mind abusive, to their wives. If a religious person is so religious that they do not defend their land, and do not earn a living, then they do not deserve my respect. They are desecrating G-d’s Name.

    Comment by Moses Nachman — March 3, 2014 @ 5:29 PM

  26. Cowards.

    Comment by Morry Barak — March 3, 2014 @ 9:07 PM

  27. Welfare bums.

    Comment by David A. Elias — March 3, 2014 @ 9:22 PM

  28. The Haredim should be ashamed for avoiding the law of the country they live in.
    Send them to Brooklyn with other Haredim.

    Comment by Eva Deutsch Costabel — March 4, 2014 @ 3:54 PM

  29. won't permit a like, David A. Elias, weird.

    Comment by Morry Barak — March 4, 2014 @ 5:19 PM

  30. Same here. Can't like.

    Comment by Alex Ignatovsky — March 5, 2014 @ 12:16 AM

  31. You know, the Tzar didn't ask…

    Comment by Alex Ignatovsky — March 5, 2014 @ 12:17 AM

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