web analytics
May 22, 2015 / 4 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


Enlisting Got Him Arrested

Israelis of all ages waiting to be drafted.

Israelis of all ages waiting to be drafted.
Photo Credit: Flash90

A young Haredi man, a Chabadnik, showed up to the IDF draft offices, expecting to submit himself to the army draft, and ended up getting arrested for being AWOL.

The fellow had received a deferment from army service for learning in yeshiva. Eventually he finished his learning and traveled abroad in the capacity of being a “Chabad shliach.”

As soon as he stepped out of the country, he was officially AWOL.

He returned to Israel in October and appeared at some point before the army draft board to be enlisted. He was immediately arrested for being AWOL. His excuse that he did not know he was AWOL fell on deaf ears and he has been served with an indictment.

Due to the involvement of the IDF Defense Attorney, he was moved to an “open arrest” which allowed him to begin his actual service and training. His commanders have reported that he is serving well, with high motivation, and despite officially being under arrest, he was able to get married and he has even been allowed out to go home for short periods of time.

His trial is coming up this week, and the prosecutor wants him in jail. The defenders defense is that doing so would harm the army’s ability to attract other haredim to the service, and they shouldn’t go hard on someone whose community they are trying to attract. source: Walla News

Personally, I am against such arguments. AWOL? How difficult is it to inform the army of your situation, file the paperwork or do it properly? If a young man from Tel Aviv or Haifa had gone AWOL, should they not prosecute him just so that others don’t see the army as being too harsh?

On the other hand, sometimes it is just bureaucracy getting in the way. Even a tight system should be able to be lenient when a situation calls for it. He was not caught hiding out avoiding service. He was caught because he came to their offices to serve! He made a mistake, he could be made to pay for it without being treated too harshly. While I disagree with the argument – don’t punish him because it will look bad for other people, I do think there is room for leniency considering he came on his own to serve.

Visit Life in Israel.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Enlisting Got Him Arrested”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What's the most useful to Israel; locking him up or letting him train and then serve the country? If you vote for punishment, then have him exercise more than the regular recruits and make amends that way. Him being locked up does no one any good.

  2. Lisa Kamins says:

    don't agree with you. there are all kinds of complications when trying to communicate with institutions, sometimes it goes smoothly and sometimes it does not. sometimes it is a total nightmare. on top of that, being a Chabad shaliach if now considered national service as well. so he should not be considered to have been AWOL. I think the case is more complicated then what you are making it out. also, I agree, if you want to win over a community you do not start putting their young men in prison, that is bad politics and it is bad publicity.you win more bees with honey then with vinegar.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Tzipi Hotovely, new Deputy Foreign Minister.
Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’
Latest Blogs Stories
Rabbi Levinger (zt"l)

Torah is to be lived. Rabbi Moshe Levinger was a completely living Torah, the Torah of Eretz Yisrael

Tadmor - Yerushalmi

“Said Rabbi Yochanan: Happy are those who see the fall of Tadmor…” (Talmud Yerushalmi)

Kadima MK Tzahi Hanegbi is looking to come home to the Likud he abandoned a few years ago.

Why has Prime Minister Netanyahu given Erdan & Hanegbi insultingly low-level cabinet appointments?

Rabbi Levinger in blue, seated with the author

Without Israel, the Jewish People are scattered nomads lacking Torah’s true national grandeur&power

Will it get better/worse for Bibi or does the wily Bibi know/plan something that will shock us all?

Dr. Vernon Smith, 2002 Economics Nobel Prize winner, on predicting housing markets & economic issues

100% of the ‘First Responders’ helping those Arab school girls were Jewish and they didn’t hesitate!

Women equalizing with men in all areas of Judaism is anathema to the very idea of male/female roles.

Bibi endorsing the “2 State Solution” endangers Israel, moving the policy Center-Right from far Left

Dear Opposition Members… You seem confused… Let me clear it up for you… You lost.

A tribute to Jerusalem by its finest troubador, David Herman.

Do the food giants really care about our health? Are consumers now eating healthier food?

If other pleasures exceed the joy we feel for Jerusalem, then something is wrong with our Judaism.

There will be peace when we listen to G-d and do want he tells us to do – all for our very own good.

We will celebrate and thank the L-rd for our blessings, determined to truly liberate our Holy sites

For the record, the grand total of Jewish grandmothers in Israel that have blown up ANYTHING: ZERO!

More Articles from Rafi Goldmeier
Agricultural fields in Israel.

The government is renewing a law exempting shmitta-observant farmers from arnona payments.

IDF CHief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks with soldiers during a visit at the IDF Netzah Yehuda Battalion  near Jenin on March 2, 2014.

There is going to be a march in Bet Shemesh, protesting that charedi soldiers are being harassed.

Abutbol’s city government does everything it can to avoid helping schools that are not the mainstream Haredi.

They are arguing specifically about summer camps, but the arguments apply to all the differences between them.

This past Friday afternoon we took a short break from Shabbos preparation to do a short tiyu.

Sure enough, the mayoral challenger’s song was quick to draw criticism from his opponents and detractors.

Lipman’s proposal was crafted in coordination with Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau.

As soon as he stepped out of the country, he was officially AWOL.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/life-in-israel-blogs/enlisting-got-him-arrested/2014/02/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: