Saturday, July 25, 2020

Making BT-Baiting Great Again


Making Ba'alas Teshuva-Baiting Great Again

3 Menachem Av, 5780 °° July 24, '20  (Parshas Devarim)

by Binyomin Feinberg

We received documentation on the latest developments in another case of a religious female Refusenik, Kasanya Z., a recent Ba'alas Teshuva [newly Torah-Observant], studying in religious school in Ramot. She is being terrorized with the spectre of arrest and incarceration in Israeli Military Prison, over her steadfast resolve to comply with the Torah obligations of refusal of Israeli military draft directives.  Her draft date is this coming Sunday, July 26. The Draft Office just sent a denial of the request recently made by an attorney intervening on her behalf. So, the Army is primed for a confrontation.

The Chazon Ish is known to have advocated for employment of unusually strong measures to save girls from the draft.  If those of us who are graced with the capacity to intervene in a civil manner do so expeditiously, that option generally proves more than sufficient, to avoid the alternatives.

As we posted yesterday (, the stakes are immeasurably high.  Noteworthy is the reference there to Olga Shamilov, another Ba'alas Teshuva being subjected to discriminatory treatment by Maitav, by virtue of her CHOICE to become a Ba'alas Teshuva. That appears to be the operative factor here as well.

The fact that Kasanya initially received a draft deferment apparently is being leveraged to proffer the veneer of a rationale to persecute her over her choice to opt for religious observance, as if her deferment was conditional to shunning repentance.

Of course, the Draft Office, the bastions of timeless truth that they are, are ever vigilant for girls faking religiosity. However, personal reference is the standard protocol to vet such girls. Rayon Dat is utterly unnecessary and counterproductive.

Speaking about faking Judaism, see the quote in the aforementioned post of yesterday, in a somewhat different context, from a member of the CJV.


In commemoration of the release of the esteemed b'nos Beruria sisters one year ago, we repost this:


"... And if someone, like Pinchos, is one among a multitude, and every man is against him when he dares to speak out for truth and to fight for the Law -- the more lonely his stand, the greater the number of his adversaries, the more powerful is his word, the mightier his deed."

--  Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch OB"M (1808-1888), (in "Judaism Eternal," vol. 2, p. 293)


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