Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Jerusalem for the funeral procession of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach who died yesterday at 86

Jerusalem streets lined with mourners for Rabbi Auerbach

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Thousands of mourners took to the streets for the funeral procession of a radical Israeli rabbi who led the opposition to attempts to force ultra-Orthodox religious students to serve in the military.

The procession for Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, who died aged 86, moved slowly through Jerusalem towards the cemetery in the Givat Shaul neighbourhood where large crowds had gathered for his burial.

Auerbach had led a relatively small but fervent group of followers, known as the Jerusalem Faction, who opposed more mainstream ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders.

He was among the strongest opponents of attempts to force ultra-Orthodox Jewish students to serve in the military like their secular counterparts.

A series of protests in recent months against such moves drew huge crowds and led to scuffles with police.

Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Jerusalem for the funeral procession of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach who died yesterday at 86

Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Jerusalem for the funeral procession of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach who died yesterday at 86

Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Jerusalem for the funeral procession of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach who died yesterday at 86

Auerbach had led a relatively small but fervent group of followers, known as the Jerusalem Faction, who opposed more mainstream ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders

Auerbach had led a relatively small but fervent group of followers, known as the Jerusalem Faction, who opposed more mainstream ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders

Auerbach had led a relatively small but fervent group of followers, known as the Jerusalem Faction, who opposed more mainstream ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders

He was among the strongest opponents of attempts to force ultra-Orthodox Jewish students to serve in the military like their secular counterparts (Pictured: Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn for Rabbi Auermach)

He was among the strongest opponents of attempts to force ultra-Orthodox Jewish students to serve in the military like their secular counterparts (Pictured: Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn for Rabbi Auermach)

He was among the strongest opponents of attempts to force ultra-Orthodox Jewish students to serve in the military like their secular counterparts (Pictured: Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn for Rabbi Auermach)

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews follow a strict interpretation of religious law and account for some 10 percent of the country’s eight million people.

More mainstream ultra-Orthodox Jews participate in politics and their political parties have often played a kingmaker role in forming governments.

But groups such as Auerbach’s decline political participation under the belief that a Jewish state cannot be formed until the coming of the Messiah.

They refuse to serve in the military out of fear their religious lifestyle will be compromised in the largely secular setting, and argue that religious study is just as important to Israel as military service. 

Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews follow a strict interpretation of religious law and account for some 10 percent of the country's eight million people (Pictured: Men carrying the body of Rabbi Auerbach towards the cemetery in the Givat Shaul neighbourhood)

Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews follow a strict interpretation of religious law and account for some 10 percent of the country's eight million people (Pictured: Men carrying the body of Rabbi Auerbach towards the cemetery in the Givat Shaul neighbourhood)

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews follow a strict interpretation of religious law and account for some 10 percent of the country’s eight million people (Pictured: Men carrying the body of Rabbi Auerbach towards the cemetery in the Givat Shaul neighbourhood)

Groups such as Auerbach's decline political participation under the belief that a Jewish state cannot be formed until the coming of the Messiah

Groups such as Auerbach's decline political participation under the belief that a Jewish state cannot be formed until the coming of the Messiah

Groups such as Auerbach’s decline political participation under the belief that a Jewish state cannot be formed until the coming of the Messiah

They refuse to serve in the military out of fear their religious lifestyle will be compromised in the largely secular setting, and argue that religious study is just as important to Israel as military service

They refuse to serve in the military out of fear their religious lifestyle will be compromised in the largely secular setting, and argue that religious study is just as important to Israel as military service

They refuse to serve in the military out of fear their religious lifestyle will be compromised in the largely secular setting, and argue that religious study is just as important to Israel as military service

Israeli law requires Jewish men to serve two years and eight months in the military on reaching the age of 18, while women must serve for 24 months

Israeli law requires Jewish men to serve two years and eight months in the military on reaching the age of 18, while women must serve for 24 months

Israeli law requires Jewish men to serve two years and eight months in the military on reaching the age of 18, while women must serve for 24 months

Benny Brown, an expert on the ultra-Orthodox at the Hebrew University, stated.Auerbach broke off from the main ultra-Orthodox leadership in 2012 over their willingness to enable young men's to join the army 

Benny Brown, an expert on the ultra-Orthodox at the Hebrew University, stated.Auerbach broke off from the main ultra-Orthodox leadership in 2012 over their willingness to enable young men's to join the army 

Benny Brown, an expert on the ultra-Orthodox at the Hebrew University, stated.Auerbach broke off from the main ultra-Orthodox leadership in 2012 over their willingness to enable young men’s to join the army 

Israeli law requires Jewish men to serve two years and eight months in the military on reaching the age of 18, while women must serve for 24 months.

Benny Brown, an expert on the ultra-Orthodox at the Hebrew University, stated.Auerbach broke off from the main ultra-Orthodox leadership in 2012 over their willingness to enable young men’s to join the army and work market in limited numbers.

‘The Jerusalem Faction’s reaction was to that,’ stated.Brown, and caused a schism among the so-called Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector, hitherto unified under one rabbi.

Auerbach was considered ‘young and healthy’ with no immediate successor, stated.Brown, and it was unclear what would become of his movement. 

'The Jerusalem Faction's reaction was to that,' stated.Brown, and caused a schism among the so-called Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector, hitherto unified under one rabbi

'The Jerusalem Faction's reaction was to that,' stated.Brown, and caused a schism among the so-called Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector, hitherto unified under one rabbi

‘The Jerusalem Faction’s reaction was to that,’ stated.Brown, and caused a schism among the so-called Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector, hitherto unified under one rabbi

Auerbach was considered 'young and healthy' with no immediate successor, stated.Brown, and it was unclear what would become of his movement

Auerbach was considered 'young and healthy' with no immediate successor, stated.Brown, and it was unclear what would become of his movement

Auerbach was considered ‘young and healthy’ with no immediate successor, stated.Brown, and it was unclear what would become of his movement

He died after suffering a heart attack during Shabbat at his home in Jerusalem. Attempts were made to revive him but he was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he was pronounced dead

He died after suffering a heart attack during Shabbat at his home in Jerusalem. Attempts were made to revive him but he was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he was pronounced dead

He died after suffering a heart attack during Shabbat at his home in Jerusalem. Attempts were made to revive him but he was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he was pronounced dead

The funeral procession began at 11am in the area of Shaarei Hesed in the center of Jerusalem and continued until he was taken to the cemetery

The funeral procession began at 11am in the area of Shaarei Hesed in the center of Jerusalem and continued until he was taken to the cemetery

The funeral procession began at 11am in the area of Shaarei Hesed in the center of Jerusalem and continued until he was taken to the cemetery

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