A (religious) woman’s place

The controversial sentiments about women in the army as expressed by some leading national-religious rabbis recently might indicate a new culture war.

By NATAN ODENHEIMER
April 20, 2017 18:13
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IDF women soldiers marching near Jerusalem, 1969. (photo credit: MOSHE MILNER / GPO)

 
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‘The rabbis who speak against the enlistment of women are afraid of losing control over their public,” says Anat Rudich, a 23-year-old religious student from Sde Ya’acov who served in the Intelligence Corps.

“I simply think that they are unaware of the reality,” she continues. “They never experienced what it’s like being a woman; they never experienced being a religious woman; and they most definitely never experienced being a religious woman in the army.”

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