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What do the contemporary poskim say about the serving in the IDF? Do they consider it a Biblical commandment (mitzva de'orayta) if one chooses to serve?

I am obviously not talking about the controversial draft. But if a Jew by his own volition wanted to serve in the IDF does he fulfill a Mitzvah DeAroaita. I've heard certain mitzvot like Protecting the Land, or Pikuach Nefesh are cited, but I wanted to know if anyone has any sources from contemporary poskim.

Thanks

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@TropicanaYid But the urim vtumim weren't available for questions during the Second Temple. Were the Maccabees wrong for fighting the Greeks? – Double AA Jun 11 '14 at 13:19
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@Tropicana yid , Its Igros Moshe CM 2:78 ,see also OC 4:75 at end – sam Jun 12 '14 at 1:33
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I would also suggest one read his Hilchos Medina hebrewbooks.org/20825 – sam Jun 12 '14 at 1:54
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Torahmusings.com just published an article on this today, but many already exist (some positive views from Rav Schachter and Rav Zevin though for different reasons) – Matt Jun 23 '14 at 5:27
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@rosenjcb A majority of the citizens of Israel are still Jewish, so על פי רוב you are protecting Jews. Pikuach nefesh comes to mind. So does assisting people do a mitzvah (of ישוב הארץ if you hold that mitzvah is fulfilled in our current situation). – Y ez Jun 26 '14 at 19:37

Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach says IDF soldiers may risk their lives to recover the body of a slain comrade because if soldiers think that if they are killed their bodies will be left in the field this would cause a weakening of their combat moral which poses pikuach nephesh to klal yisrael.

From this it seems evident RSZA was of the opinion that the IDF are protecting klal yisrael from a situation of pikuach nephesh and subsequently one can deduce that fighting in the IDF is a mitzva de'oraisa of saving many lives.

RSZA also paskened it is permissible to give maaser money to the IDF because it is le'tzorech mitzva.

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Hi pcoz. Adding citations to support the claims in this post would make it more usable for us. Thanks. – Double AA Mar 2 at 1:15

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