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Yeshiva head defends rabbis' ruling on disobedience in army
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Gordon, Evelyn
Date: Jul 18, 1995
Start Page: 12
Section: News
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A RULING by 15 rabbis calling on soldiers to disobey orders to vacate army bases in the territories is not anti-democratic, but is rather a classic democratic call for conscientious objection, Rabbi Nahum Rabinovich, head of the Ma'aleh Adumim Yeshiva, told the Knesset Law Committee yesterday.

Rabinovich stressed that the rabbis' ruling was ultimately based on the individual's acceptance, and not on religious coercion.

"The ruling has moral authority," he said. "The rabbis see themselves ... as responsible for raising their voices ... when Jewish morality, which is essentially universal morality, demands it ... But the force of the ruling is, of course, built on the acceptance of individuals."

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