Rav Aviner in the News: Drafting Charedim


Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, municipal Rabbi of Beit El, dean of the Ateret Yerushalayim Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem and another leading figure in the national-religious community, similarly rejected the idea of imposing a universal draft on Charedi yeshiva students but said it was a Mitzvah, a religious obligation in Jewish law, to serve in the army in order to protect Jewish lives, protect the Land of Israel and sanctify God’s name.

“We need to gain the trust of the Charedi world and the deans of their yeshivas, in order to get more Charedi men to enlist and we need to be tolerant because coercion won’t work,” said [Rav] Aviner, adding that “men of faith and spirituality” were vital to the state.

The Rabbi refused to comment on the current political wrangling on the issue, however, saying that he would not address the different positions being presented on the issue in the current coalition negotiations.