Gafni: Yeshiva students can serve in army if high schoolers study Torah at same time

United Torah Judaism’s MK Moshe Gafni says he’s fine with yeshiva students serving in the military so long as non-Haredim go study Torah at the same time.

“When there were bloody wars during the reign of King David, the prophet came to King David and said to him, ‘Half the people will study Torah and half will serve in the army, and they’ll switch.’

“I offer that today,” he says. “Students at Ponevezh Yeshiva will go to the army, to combat roles, but bring high school students to study Torah at the same time.”

He adds that every person “does what he can to serve his country, to serve his people.”

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