Life for frum Jews in the IDF under IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott has been anything but a picnic. The Chief of Staff has significantly neutralized the authority of the Military Rabbinate, and soldiers are faced with religious issues all too often. One of these issues is sporting a beard, which has always been permitted in the past for religious personnel and persons with medical reasons for not shaving.
No less than fifty religious soldiers assigned to the Homefront Command have been ordered on Thursday, 8 Tammuz, to return clean shaven next week, on Sunday. It appears that since entering the military some 18 months ago, their permit to sport a beard was renewed monthly, but this is coming to an end.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)