According to estimates, in the aftermath of October 7, hundreds of young women from the Religious Zionism camp decided not to take advantage of their exemption from military service and, instead, to don a uniform – going against the norms in national-religious society. This change in behavior is often met with opposition and pressure from peers, parents and rabbis. An inside look at the battle to recruit religious women
Fourteen former members of the ultra-Orthodox community had died in the war in Gaza, and five more were killed at the party on Kibbutz Re’em on October 7. From the moment that they receive the tragic news, families of these soldiers must deal not only with their grief but also with painful decisions about the burial and commemoration of their fallen loved ones – dilemmas that cut to the very core of the crossroads that ultra-Orthodox society finds itself about Israeliness as a whole. Shomrim presents the stories of three such families.
Alongside the ultra-Orthodox politicians who have disappeared almost entirely, and the extremists who blamed victims for the Hamas slaughter, the vast majority of the ultra-Orthodox public has rallied round in an unprecedented manner to help during the emergency. A special Shomrim report brings voices from the ground: the ultra-Orthodox women who are volunteering on IDF bases, the “Iron Sister” who helped more than 1,000 families, the campaigns to help families mourn, the prayers for peace and the safety of the soldiers and the hostages