On March 2, 2009, the Israel Defense Forces announced new regulations on soldiers' ability to grow beards. Previously, the regulations allowed a soldier to grow a beard for religious reasons without any restrictions. Under the new rules, however, a soldier who wants to grow a beard for religious reasons will have to get a recommendation from a military rabbi and then a permit from a officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or above. In addition, the rules mandate an automatic one year waiting period for growing a beard on a soldier who was tried for disciplinary charges for violating the new regulations and a soldier who shaved his beard.
- Appeal to the Chief of Staff: Let the Religious Grow Beards (Yediot Aharonot, March 2, 2009). Translated from Hebrew by Dr. Avraham Goldstein, Executive Vice President of the American Legal Forum for the Land of Israel (.pdf).