Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Rabbis Ban IDF Costumes For Purim

Parents of students in Jerusalem’s Talmud Torah have been instructed that their children cannot dress up as soldiers this year, as tensions rise regarding the haredi IDF draft bill

By: Dudi Avitan

Published: March 6th, 2014 in News » Israel

Schools for Torah study in Jerusalem are banning children from dressing up as IDF soldiers during the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim.

The young students’ parents received a letter from the educational institutions’ principals this week, stating that “as we are experiencing a time of ‘destruction decrees’ and after consulting the rabbis, it was decided not to allow Talmud Torah students to wear a soldier’s costume under any circumstances.”

The schools’ principals included the list of rabbis they consulted before sending the letter.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox sector is currently engaged in a battle against a proposed military enlistment law, which aims to make the haredi community part of the country’s compulsory draft.

The IDF soldier outfit is known as one of the most popular Purim costumes among haredi children in Jerusalem.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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