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        11/29/2013, Kislev 26, 5774

      R' Rontzki: A Hareidi Soldier Will Remain Hareidi


      Former Chief Rabbi of the IDF and Rosh Yeshiva of the Itamar hesder yeshiva (Torah academy) program Rabbi Avihai Rontzki stated to Arutz Sheva Thursday that the canceling of the Tal Law and the government's decision to implement the Equal Burden law was a mistake from the very beginning.

      "This is already a situation that is ex post facto, there is no going back, because the legal process involved is complicated and the current government is pushing the issue," he stated. "There was no reason to cancel the Tal Law, which enabled hundreds of religious soldiers to serve [of their own volition] .