The Eida Chareidis has defined the recent arrest of Devorah Leah Cohen, a Chabad bride who was detained at a military prison for desertion, a way to “check the pulse” of the chareidi community.
In signs posted around Meah Shearim and other areas, it was written, “It has been several weeks since a chareidi woman has been in prison for not officially pushing off her military service. For this offense, she was arrested and her detention was even extended. This was not the arrest of a single woman who is unknown to the public, but a check of the pulse of chareidi Jewry to see how it would react to such actions, whether it would rise up against such behavior. This check, as certain elements have already admitted, is a test of the resilience of chareidi Jewry against the intentions of the government to assimilate chareidi Jewry within the secular melting pot, to force military and national service upon the ranks of chareidi Jews. If we remain quiet now, what will be our response tomorrow ….? Our obligation right now is to shake off our apathy and arrange a cry of protest …”
Apparently, these notices were composed by the Eida Hachareidis, but the question remains – Why call for protests now, after the woman was released, but not at the time when she was detained?
(SOURCE & PHOTO: COL.ORG.IL)