Soldiers jailed for refusing to shave during Omer

Observant soldiers, who had just been recruited to the IDF, were sent to military prison for refusing to cut their hair or shave. They explained to their commanders that during the days of the counting of the Omer, observant Jews are forbidden from performing those acts, but the commanders did not listen. They were released on Thursday after the Military Ombudsman intervened in their favor, Army Radio reported.