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Shas HaShmad or Kiddush HaShem?

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If this is Shas HaShmad (forced conversion out of Judaism), then I’ll take it. It’s stories like this that give lie to the charge that a Charedi draft is anti Charedi. From Matzav:

170 soldiers of the Netzach Yehuda Battalion were sworn in on Thursday. Hundreds of family members from Yerushalayim went to show support for the soldiers at the swearing-in ceremony.

How well do Charedim do in the army? How well do they adjust? How many have joined? Read on.

A military report concerning a commander’s course in which 11 of the 95 participants were from the Nachal Charedi stated: “From the outset of the course, the soldiers of the Nachal Charedi made a positive impression, performing as high caliber infantrymen, showing serious participation in coursework, and conducting themselves in a serious manner. They got along well with the rest of the soldiers in the group, and adjusted well socially with the general public at the base. They conducted themselves according to halachah and gave reinforcement to other observant soldiers in the larger group of participants.”

Over the past year, a sharp rise was recorded in the number of the brigade’s enlisting soldiers. 286 soldiers enlisted to the unit in November, a 70% increase compared to the previous November. In annual totals, 754 soldiers enlisted for the battalion, a 50% rise from 2012. Nachal Chareidi has won several prizes in recent months. It won the IDF Department of Technology and Logistics’ Award in November, and a month later made IDF history by winning the Chief of Staff’s Prize for the first time.

So much for Shmad. Of course the right refuses to leave this alone. In the very same article:

Rabbi Yitzchak Bar-Chaim of the Nachal Chareidi Foundation, who accompanied the soldiers throughout their training, said: “These two contradicting events, the protests and the swearing-in ceremony, emphasize what we and the IDF command have been saying for a year: if the draft of the Ultra-Orthodox becomes a religious war no charedi will enlist, and there will be protests. If there is cooperation, dialogue, and a mutual construction of the suitable systems we will witness an enlistment on a large scale of Ultra-Orthodox youth who are not suitable to sit and learn, as we have seen today.”

Isn’t that the truth, though? Isn’t ‘cooperation, dialogue, and a mutual construction of a suitable system’ the better approach? Shouldn’t threats of ‘war’ against the goverment by draft resisting Charedim be discouraged rather than encouraged?

I do not in fact see all that much of a contradiction between what Israel seeks to do with respect to drafting Charedim and what Rabbi Bar-Chaim says. The goals seem to almost be the same. Getting them to be the same is what compromise is about, isn’t it? I have to believe that men of good faith on both sides of the aisle will be able to come up with some sort of compromise about who will serve and how many will be exempt. Those who serve will do so under conditions similar to those 170 Charedi soldiers that were sworn into the IDF last week.

There are some who say that Israel will never implement a Netzach Yehuda type program in any kind of a mass scale required for the vastly increased numbers of Charedi students being drafted. They claim is that the expense of doing so is too prohibitive.

My answer to that is if the government promises to do it, then we ought to hold them to that promise and not draft a single Charedi student that will not be given the opportunity to serve in that way. If the government does not keep its promise – that would be the time to protest.

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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