Drafting Yeshiva Students into Tzahal


Question: Some people bring as a proof that Yeshiva students should not be drafted the Gemara in Baba Batra (8a) which says that "Torah scholars do not require protection".

Answer: The Radvaz (2:752, brought in Pitchei Teshuvah Yoreh Deah 243:2) already explained that this principle only applies under three conditions:

1. In monetary matters.

2. For great Torah scholars and not merely yeshiva students.

3. When they do not want protection at all. But in Israel, they do not want to protect, but they do want to be protected by others.

This Gemara is therefore irrelevant to the discussion.

(See Shut She'eilat Shlomo 1:368 which deals with the obligation of yeshiva students to serve in Tzahal).