Students at the Elon Moreh Hesder Yeshiva, which is headed by Samaria Chief Rabbi Rav Elyakim Levanon, won first place Sunday in the Givati Brigade's competition for excellence Sunday. The company is composed of yeshiva students who were recruited last August outperformed all other companies in the brigade.
"The spirit that they received in the Elon Moreh yeshiva is the one that accompanied them in the military as well," Rav Levanon said Sunday. "As yeshiva students, they learn and are taught to give their best in everything: soldierliness, security, mutual assistance, love of Torah, taking care to carry out mitzvot (commandments) in a thorough way."
"All those who twisted his words around and defamed him and attacked him recently should ask for forgiveness," he contended.
In an interview to Radio Kol Chai last month, Rav Levanon said: "They are bringing us closer to a situation in which rabbis will have to instruct soldiers – you must leave events like these even if a firing squad is standing outside waiting to shoot you dead. I hope very much that there will be some wise people who will block this terrible move, but if not, we will have no choice. I will recommend to whoever asks me not to enlist anymore."