A outstanding spiritual Zionist educator advised his flock Monday that serving in mixed-gender armored corps items is off-limits.
Rabbi Yaaqov Medan, who stands on the head of Yeshivat Har Etzion on the West Financial institution, mentioned the presence of females prohibits spiritual males from taking part, in line with Jewish legislation and accused the navy of violating prior agreements to separate women and men.
“We wrestle to air our grievances, now that the armored corps’ officer coaching is in contradiction with Jewish legislation and due to this fact prevents you from serving,” he mentioned in a letter to his college students.
He apologized to them for beforehand encouraging navy service within the corps. “That is partially our fault for believing what the navy mentioned,” Medan wrote.
“All of us hope for higher days, when spiritual troopers is not going to be prevented from serving in fight items and when the IDF honors its guarantees.”
Medan’s letter sparked backlash which prompted him to concern a follow-up assertion. “It’s an inalienable a part of us, and we should all the time be dedicated to probably the most helpful and devoted service.”
Har Etzion Yeshiva is without doubt one of the largest and most established Torah establishments of the spiritual Zionist motion and has been thought of average.
Medan’s uncommon letter signifies a rift between IDF excessive command and spiritual Zionist leaders and can seemingly be echoed by different educators.
The IDF spokesperson mentioned in response that Medan’s claims are unfaithful and spiritual males got the choice of taking part in officer coaching in separate items, beneath the supervision of the navy rabbinate.