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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Editorial: A Tal Order

February 29, 2012

The Tal Law is dead. This is not only a good thing, but indeed essential to the future viability of an indivisible Israel. In a 6-3 decision last week, the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the 2002 law that allowed full-time yeshiva students to defer...

Soldiers from the Israeli armys haredi Orthodox unit called the
Netzah Yehuda Battalion praying.

Controversy grows in Israel over extension of Tal Law granting haredim army exemptions

By Linda Gradstein, JTA February 1, 2012

JERUSALEM—When Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, granted a few hundred haredi Orthodox Jews an exemption from army service, it's likely he never dreamed that 63 years later, tens of thousands of haredi Israelis would claim the exemption—or...

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