Bill would exempt newlywed soldiers


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker revived a bill that would exempt newlywed soldiers from military service for one year.

The proposal by Rabbi Chaim Amsellem of the Shas party comes following the serious injury of a young soldier who entered Gaza the day after his wedding.

Jewish law requires a newlywed to be exempt from the military during his first year of marriage.

It also states in Deuteronomy 24:5 that "If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married."

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