The Hesder Yeshiva Association on Thursday reported that the number of students in its institutions grew at the beginning of the academic year. As of the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, when the new yeshiva sessions begin, the number of students in Hesder yeshivas grew by 5%.
In the Hesder program, students combine Torah study with IDF service. The program includes 17 to 24 months of army service over a 5 or 6 year period, depending on the yeshiva. Hesder students generally account for many of the high-ranking soldiers and officers in combat units, such as Golani soldier and tank units.