The Hesder yeshiva in Modi'in, about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which combines religious study and military service, will be sending students and rabbis on Memorial Day to dozens of graves of hareidi-religious soldiers whose remains were buried in civilian cemeteries without military funerals. The rabbis and students will say Psalms and Kaddish, and light memorial candles in place of the bereaved families, who generally observe the anniversary of the soldier's death but don't observe Memorial Day.
Yeshiva Director-General Tzvi Zeltzer told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal that the school was made aware of the situation by a chance conversation with a visitor. He said the idea is not a provocation against the bereaved families but is being carried out due to a sense of mission and the belief that Memorial Day belongs to all the people. He added that Memorial Day is not the only focus of this mission, noting that the yeshiva's library was named after recently-deceased former chief of staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak.