Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Cohen instructs yeshiva students not to enlist in army

Shas’ controversial spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Cohen signed a letter earlier this month strongly warning haredi yeshiva students against joining the army and denouncing haredi figures who promote IDF enlistment by saying they would have no place in the world to come. 

Cohen’s letter comes against a background of increasing activity against IDF enlistment by extremists in the haredi community, mostly not associated with the Sephardi community that Shas and Cohen represent.

Published by Kol Hai Radio on Wednesday night, Cohen’s letter, originally signed on July 20, attributed the security of the Jewish people to the merit earned by those who study Torah and said that no yeshiva student, married or single, should enlist.


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