The Har Bracha yeshiva on Monday recommended to students interested in combining torah studies with military service to transfer to other seminaries, finally accepting the Defense Ministry's decision to remove it from the hesder list.
Defense Minister Ehud Barack had decided to cancel the arrangement which allows yeshiva students to study alongside serving in the army with Har Bracha after the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, refused to retract statements he had made supporting insubordination in the army under certain circumstances.
“The army adamantly refused to let us be part of the Hesder yeshivot
since we insist on our stance, which is Da'at Torah and therefore
cannot change,” Rabbi Gur Galon, who teaches the fourth and fifth-year
students, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, referring to a halachic
edict from some 15 years ago prohibiting the evacuation of Jewish
“To keep the students out of this clash and prevent them from entering
dilemmas they didn't choose, as well as their parents, we decided to
refer our students to another hesder yeshiva which is physically and
ideologically close, that of Elon Moreh,” he added.
Last week Rabbi Dov Lior, who heads the Elon Moreh yeshiva, reiterated
his support of refusing military orders under certain circumstances.
“Insubordination is a lethal and destructive act, but there are
instances when we use chemotherapy and radiation to stop a cancerous
growth,” Lior said in a Bar Ilan conference dealing with
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