After Kalper completed his officers’ course, he rapidly moved up in the ranks, and soldier noted that he is a hard worker who “almost never sleeps.”
The IDF has overgone a dramatic change in the past two decades since the beginning of the “mechina” religious pre-army Torah academies.
The percentage of religious officers is far greater than the percentage of regular religious soldiers, reflecting the determination and beliefs of yeshiva and Mechina graduates.
Their observance of Jewish law within the confines of combat situations has driven leftists up a tree because it is another clear sign that the long-time leftist power base is crumbling due to the intellectual and ideological bankruptcy of the old liberal guard.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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