Arutz Sheva 7 brings us a humorous video addressing the serious matter of haredim serving (or rather, not wanting to) in the IDF:
The IDF is looking to “make a match” with a new generation of young haredi men, challenging stereotypes within the haredi community where some see haredi soldiers as “less desirable” matches.
In a new video campaign, the Israeli army highlights the advantages of military service for grooms-to-be and takes aim at the stigmas some in the haredi community have attached to enlistment.
This caught my attention at the bottom of their article:
But as the government has begun actively encouraging large-scale enlistment among haredim, some in the community have worked to stigmatize religious soldiers and discourage army service.
Even before the controversial draft law limiting exemptions was passed in May, 2014, some radical elements within the haredi community have targeted religious soldiers, labeling them “Hardakim” – a Hebrew play on words merging the terms for “haredi” and “insect”.
Insect?! Really? I don’t understand it. I’m not exactly what one would call a Torah scholar. But I recall a story about a group of folks who weren’t especially excited about possessing the land of Israel and opted out of taking it over and defending it as their own. It didn’t work out very well. Apparently Hashem didn’t care for their cowardly reaction very much and sent them to a 40-year timeout wandering in the desert. Now, I’m just grasping at straws here, but one might think that haredim (the self-proclaimed spokesMEN of God and elitist representatives of Torah scholarship) would learn a little bit of history in the hope of not repeating it.
(hat tip: dh)