Soldier jailed over beard to be released for Independence Day

IDF soldier sent to military prison for growing beard during Omer will be released to be with his family on Israel's 70th.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/17/2018, 12:52 PM

Soldier jailed for growing beard

Combat soldier imprisoned for 20 days for growing beard during counting of the Omer. IDF: 'Soldier does not maintain religious lifestyle.'Ido Ben Porat, 4/10/2018, 11:08 AM

Chief of Staff and rabbis meet to defuse tensions

In the wake of tensions in the IDF between the army brass and the religious soldiers, IDF Head met with rabbis to repair wounds.Hillel Fendel, 8/21/2016, 9:00 PM

52 combat soldiers commanded to shave

"I was in shock. Why are they forcing me to choose between two values which I believe in?!" Commander freezes order pending investigation.Ido ben Porat, 8/19/2016, 12:53 PM

IDF: We changed beard rules to make it as difficult as possible

During heated discussion, Personnel Directorate head admits army changed rules because it didn't like seeing bearded soldiers.Hezki Baruch, 3/8/2016, 2:56 PM

Deputy Defense Minister: Religious soldiers won't have to shave

Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan describes how 'army is pulled by Supreme Court instructions' and was forced to publish shaving rules.Shimon Cohen, 2/29/2016, 12:06 PM

IDF spokesman: Not a real army if everyone has a beard

IDF spokesman clarifies: 'No desire to hurt feelings. Religious soldiers should approach their commanders'Ido Ben-Porat, 2/29/2016, 7:27 AM

IDF beard storm: Recognize this face?

Religious soldiers are outraged by new anti-beard order - and it turns out even the defense minister had one.Gil Ronen, 2/28/2016, 10:04 PM

High Court Freezes IDF No-Beard Rule

A new order forbidding secular soldiers from growing beards is on hold until High Court considers a motion filed against it.Ido Ben Porat, 8/27/2015, 11:00 PM

ISIS Beard Shaving Ban Meant to Make 'Human Shields'

Mosul residents face jail or lashes for shaving - or not being able to grow - a beard, but residents reveal it's just a ploy.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/1/2015, 7:53 AM

US Army Permits Kippah and Beard for Soldiers

New US Department of Defense directives allow religious soldiers to request exemptions as long as approval doesn't hinder missions.Ari Yashar, 1/23/2014, 9:24 PM