Fifty soldiers from the Shachar Project to integrate hareidi-religious Jews finished basic training, Sunday, with prayers at the Western Wall of the Temple and a tour of Jerusalem. Following a week of religious studies, including rules for the observance of Hanukkah and conclusion of the tractate of Talmud they learned during basic training, most of them will be assigned to bases where they will learn computer programming. A number of them will give religious instruction.
One of the soldiers is the first hareidi doctor to join the Israel Defense Forces. Shachar Project manager Yossi Cohen of the IDF's Technology and Logistics Branch said the "unprecedented move" "will contribute much to medicine in the IDF."