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Extremist Danger

Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2 - 25:9)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/extremist_danger_20010706

While leading a tour of Israel for a group of college kids in the summer of 1995, I read a newspaper headline that described a newly issued halachic ruling by 15 rabbis -- with former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira at their helm: "The evacuation of West Bank IDF military bases poses a threat to Jewish life, and therefore, by halachic decree of this rabbinic council, all religious soldiers in the IDF are to refuse military orders to take part in any such operation."

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