When the length of hair is relevant

Israeli army rabbis were condemned during the Gaza war for encouraging soldiers to kill Palestinians with impunity. They’re only Arabs, right lads?

This story is therefore amusing, but hardly deals with the key issues at hand, namely the infiltration of religious fundamentalists in the IDF:

The Israeli military has issued new regulations that impose greater restrictions on the ability of soldiers to grow beards. Religious soldiers are still allowed to have facial hair, but now they must get authorization from their units’ rabbis and commanders — a policy that has come in for some criticism. Recently, an Orthodox army rabbi refused to allow Conservative Jewish soldiers to claim a religious exemption from the beard ban.

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