Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef claimed that recruiting female soldiers and even doing national service is against the Torah. Yosef even related the death of his father Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to the fight against recruitment.


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Yesterday (Saturday), Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef expressed his feelings against the integration of women to the IDF as well as national service. “The Chief Rabbinate Council is in agreement that women should not be recruited and should not participate in national service,” he said during a synagogue teaching.

“For many years all the ‘greatest of the generations’, including the Chief Rabbis of Israel, believed that girls are forbidden to join the military. Not only the military but also national service. Unfortunately, there is a slackness when it comes to this,” he added.

The Chief Rabbi talked about his father and claimed that: “He passed away from the grief of recruiting ‘yeshiva’ boys.”