Tal Law

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The argument over military service for the ultra-Orthodox in Israel is generally framed around fairness.

But as the country’s new unity government works to craft a bill to replace the Tal Law for religious exemptions, which expires Aug. 1, some see economic considerations as well.

Education Minister Gideon Saar. (Michael Datikash)

Religious Exemptions From IDF To Change, Says Netanyahu


The Tal Law, which enables full-time yeshiva students to be exempted from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitarian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists.

"The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Benjamin Netanyahu told representatives of reservist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment."

Narrowing The Religious-Secular Gap


In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion made an accommodation for full-time yeshiva students to serve their country by studying Torah rather than enlisting in the army. There were only 400 such young men at the time, and Ben-Gurion believed the number would diminish.

Israel’s Supreme Court Finds Tal Law Unconstitutional


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Tal Law, which allows yeshiva students to delay their military service, is unconstitutional.

The court issued the ruling Tuesday evening by a vote of 6 to 3.

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