Dodging the Draft

-Some views on whether the rise in the percentage of Jewish men who do not serve in the IDF is really a problem:

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-And Shlomi Barzel wants to know why “a numerically negligible group” of artists who get army exemptions is such a big deal. (Haaretz)

-A look at the national discussion on the issue of draft evasion. (Israel National News)

-And army-evasion in Parashah Shoftim. (Haaretz)

-IDF soldiers were psychologically trained to handle the Gaza evacuation, and some people have a problem with that. (The Jerusalem Post)

-A look a vigorous recruiting efforts for the IDF, especially with new immigrants and Diaspora Jews. (The Jerusalem Post)

-Major Belle Felzman faces sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the IDF, and struggles with the IDF’s refusal to implement court orders in the matter. (Haaretz)

-Avshalom Vilan thinks that the IDF pledge of allegiance should be modified to make it clear that the obligation is to follow orders only from authorized commanders — and thus not from outside rabbis. (Ynet)

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