by Reena Sigman Friedman

Exemptions Eased for Religious Women in Israeli Army

 A new amendment to Israel’s 1949 law on army service enables a woman to obtain an exemption simply by declaring before a religious or civil judge that she observes kashrut (the Jewish dietary laws) and the Sabbath. If a young woman cannot in good faith make such a declaration, but still objects to serving on religious grounds, she must apply to a deferment committee. The new formulation also permits girls who satisfy a board that they live with their Orthodox parents, even if they are not personally observant, to avoid conscription.

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