The Slingshot: Orthodox Israelis shirk tradition; Mormon hymns; Jimmy Carter’s faith

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Moshe Lifshitz, a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Israeli, wears tefillin while praying in the Israeli army. Lifshitz broke with his community’s tradition when he chose to enlist in the Israeli army rather than apply for an exemption to study Torah full time. Photo courtesy of Moshe Lifshitz

Need to know: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rule breakers

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About the author

Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.