Monday, July 2, 2018

Conscription and religion

Israel has grappled for many years (including decisions of the Supreme Court) with how to conscript haredi students. A new proposal is now before the Knesset. It seems like something out of madcap inventor Rube Goldberg: "The contentious legislation proposes minimum yearly targets for ultra-Orthodox enlistment that, if not met, would result in financial penalties on rabbinical seminaries, called ‘yeshivas’, which fall below the threshold."

Should it really be this hard to share the burden of military service in an equitable way?

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