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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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.