web analytics
January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


IDF Program for Haredim Combines Torah, Army Service

Four-year program modeled on Hesder example; soldiers will serve in serve in Cyber Defense Unit.

'Nahal Haredi" soldiers (Netzah Yehuda battalion) learning Torah during their army service.

'Nahal Haredi" soldiers (Netzah Yehuda battalion) learning Torah during their army service.
Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

 IDF and the Jerusalem College of Technology (Machon Lev) have teamed up to create the first pre-army military academy (mechina) for the haredi community.  

There are 16 students in the inaugural class at Yeshivat Derech Haim, located in the Bayit Vegan neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Students will spend two years involved in full-time yeshiva study, followed by military service. During the initial period, students will also participate in a series of exercises to prepare physically and mentally for service in the IDF.

In contrast to the hesder program preferred by the religious-Zionist community preparation for the army, Derech Haim students will complete three years of compulsory military service. The five-year hesder program requires students to commit to three years of Torah study and two years of army service.

Notably, most of the students in the program hail from American background. Most either moved to Israel as children or are the children of immigrants. A majority, but not all, studied in haredi schools that award high school diplomas.

“We see ourselves as a bridge to allow men from the haredi world who want something different to learn Torah and serve the country at the same time,” American-born Rabbi Karmi Gross, the founder of the initiative, told Israel National News.

“We believe there are two ideals; one is sitting and studying Torah and the other is working and learning whenever you can, and both of these are desirable. Showing the beauty of Torah is a sanctification of God’s name and for haredim to go out and contribute towards society can help achieve this,” Gross said.

About the Author: Avi is a news writer for The Jewish Press. In the past, he has covered Israel and the Jewish world for Israel National News, Ami magazine and other international media.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “IDF Program for Haredim Combines Torah, Army Service”

  1. Pleased to see the Haredi exploring a military education in addition to a religious one. May go a long way to unify Israeli society.

  2. I’m glad both sides are making efforts.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.
V15 US Political Operative Marinated in Hate-Israel Activism
Latest News Stories
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.

V15′s Bird was marinated in his former boss’s hatred of and blame-only Israel mindset.

Palestinian Child Soldiers

Palestinian Authority child soldiers – a crime against humanity.

Children learn how to shoot rifles to kill Jews.

Maybe, just maybe, the new generation of terrorists will one day turn their guns on their oppressors in Gaza.

You are looking at an "armed insurgent" and not a terrorist, according to the White House.

The White House explains that Taliban is not a terrorist group — it is an “armed insurgency.”

The US in November stopped funding a left-wing group that is helping to campaign against Netanyahu

Super Bowl viewers will have to get along with Scarlett Johansson this year.

Cruz and New York Rep. Zeldin complained to Kerry of Obama’s “relentless harassment.”

A Shin Bet sting nabs Arab Israelis after returning from Syria where they join Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups — a whole group this month.

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.

National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.

Locked in Auschwitz, their cries for assistance were not heard, so they escaped through an open window, setting off an alarm.

Hezbollah is a terrorist group and terrorist party, but most and worst of all, it is a huge and powerful army.

Lieberman’s issues a disproportionate response to polls that show his party will barely squeeze into the Knesset.

Boehner criticized President Obama for failing to take the threat of terrorism and the Iranian nuclear threat seriously.

More Articles from Avi Tuchmayer
Bat Ayin children with local Rabbi Natan Greenberg. Apparently the police feel their civil rights are negotiable

Presumably, Bat Ayin children suspected of price tag crimes, but no charges have been filed; several teens held for more than a week without seeing a lawyer

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Australia has always had a vocal far-left constituency, but they are a minority that have had little voice in mainstream politics. Is that changing?

From its inception in 1926, Tnuva has been a household name, for children as they learned to talk up through adulthood. How do you say “Tnuva” in Chinese?

The Palestinian Authority-run Ma’an news website is well known for promoting baseless Arab propaganda, but you’d have thought they could at least get their basic geography right. But in an article bemoaning the “nakba” – the “tragedy” of having lost a war they started – Ma’an seems to have forgotten some of the basic geography of […]

Political arrests continue unabated in both Ramallah and Gaza; Freedom Committee spokesman: Arrests have “strained reconciliation atmosphere.”

Police find three-meter tunnel in South Hebron Hills; last week, local communities ran dry thanks to hundreds of illegal taps into water main

There is lots of evidence that Hilary Rodham Clinton, the former senator from New York, first lady and secretary of state, will to try to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Even before formally announcing her candidacy, she’s been campaigning and making waves, all in an attempt to keep her name not only […]

“I would prefer Abu Mazen to worry about making things better here than holding Nakba protests,” said one taxi driver.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-program-for-haredim-combines-torah-army-service/2014/05/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: