IDF paratroop company Hetz has just welcomed its sixth draft class of hareidi religious recruits since the founding of the unit in 2017.

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More than 50 of the new soldiers were sworn in last Thursday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in the IDF’s largest-ever recruitment cycle.

“The soldiers of Hetz company are proving it is possible to serve in IDF combat brigades without compromising on a hareidi way of life,” said a rabbi from the Netzach Yehuda Foundation, which supports hareidi soldiers throughout their tour of duty.

Hareidi religious men are joining the combat units in increasing numbers, as a matter of fact. The IDF Netzach Yehuda – Nachal Hareidi Battalion also exists in the Kfir Brigade, and Rotem Company in the Givati Brigade.

Israel’s military now plans to open a new hareidi-religious company in the elite Golani Brigade as well.

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