Rabbi Mordechai Shternberg 370.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The deans of the conservative national-religious yeshiva Har Hamor issued a
letter on Monday decrying ongoing negotiations focused on increasing the number
of haredim serving in national service programs.
Har Hamor is one of the
most prominent institutions for Torah study in the conservative
national-religious world, and is noted for its stringent outlook on issues of
Jewish law and life in Israel.
“All the talk and proposals for limiting
Torah study in Israel, setting quotas and plans for limiting the budgets, and
support for it by those who lack knowledge and have too much political and
manipulative power, constitutes an injury to the crown of Torah, a desecration
of God’s name and the degradation of the cornerstone of Israel,” wrote Rabbis
Tzvi Yisrael Tau, Mordechai Shternberg and Amiel Shternberg.
of the national-religious Bayit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett, is coming under
considerable pressure from the conservative wing of the community and its
leadership not to make drastic changes to the ability of full-time yeshiva
students to gain exemptions from military service.
Rabbi Dov Lior,
perhaps the most senior conservative national-religious leader, sent a similar
to the prime minister and Knesset faction heads on Monday night calling
for the preservation of military exemptions.
community has an extremely high rate of enlistment and soldiers from the sector
are especially prevalent in combat units, but rabbis from the conservative wing
of the movement are becoming more inclined to support military exemptions for
fulltime yeshiva students, be they national-religious or haredi.