Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on How Haredi Jews Think About Serving in the IDF

Why do Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews so adamantly decline to serve in the military—and could that change? A communal leader walks us through the deliberations taking place.

Ḥaredi Israelis gather prior to a military graduation ceremony on May 26, 2013 in Jerusalem. Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.

aredi Israelis gather prior to a military graduation ceremony on May 26, 2013 in Jerusalem. Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.

Observation
July 9 2021
About the authors

Yehoshua Pfeffer, a rabbi and rabbinical judge, holds a law degree from the Hebrew University and clerked at the Israel Supreme Court. He has taught at a number of yeshivas, published widely on Jewish law and thought, and is currently directing programs for the haredi community in Israel for the Tikvah Fund.

A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture.

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