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Agudas Israel Convention Protests Against Conscription of Women in Jewish State

An Agudas Israel national conference concluded here with a prayer of protest against the government’s insistence on the conscription of Orthodox women.

Rabbi I.M. Lewin, Minister for Social Welfare and leader of the organization, told the delegates that Parliament has no authority to conscript Orthodox women. He also contested the government’s right to demand that all land be worked, including land which Orthodox agricultural groups decided will lie fallow in line with the Biblical injunction to rest the land every seven years.