Hareidi Enlistment Continues to Rise (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 05/25/12)
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While the Knesset debates various laws regarding the IDF draft, the
hareidi community continues to gradually increase its enlistment
rates. For the first time, hareidi soldiers have been given their own
rabbi, who will help meet the soldiers’ unique religious needs.
Rabbi Shimshon Klein was sworn in at a ceremony in Jerusalem’s Great
Synagogue. “I plan to be a bridge between heads of yeshivas and the
Torah world, and IDF commanders,” he said.
IDF Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, expressed enthusiasm, “Rabbi
Klein’s appointment is an important step toward the integration of
hareidim,” he said.
Chief Shephardi rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, said, “The soldiers’ eyes
are watching you… always remember that there are great things
expected from you.” Rabbi Amar added a blessing for the IDF soldiers
In addition to creating a new rabbinic position, the IDF now has a
track for hareidi young men who are ineligible for combat for medical
reasons. Those who cannot serve in Netzach Yehuda, the hareidi
brigade, now have the option of Netzach Kachol.
The unit works in mechanical engineering for the air force.
Several soldiers spoke to Arutz Sheva about their experiences. “I
always wanted to enlist,” said Netanel Zichri. Another young man,
Refael Bohbout, said, “I felt that I wasn’t doing all I could in
yeshiva… I had done what I could there. I decided it was time to give
to the country.”
The soldiers spend two years in active service. A third year is
dedicated to education, which for most soldiers means completing
their high school matriculation tests (Bagruyot). In addition,
soldiers spend one month touring the country learning Israeli and
The program is expected to benefit the country long after the
soldiers’ active service ends, IDF officials said. After their
service, soldiers will be trained in valuable mechanical work, they
said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/25/12)
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