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Talmud Students Exempt From Military

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Talmud Students Exempt From Military

Talmud Students Exempt From Military

Talmud Students Exempt From Military

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Jerusalem on the debate over whether Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students will continue to be exempt from military service in Israel. The exemption began when Israel was created, and at that time rabbis argued that special allowances were required to encourage the study of the Talmud because their ranks had been decimated by the Holocaust.