The difficulties facing religious IDF soldiers

A shocking letter from an IDF soldier about the religious problems when serving in a non-hesder unit. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/18/2017, 8:55 PM

85% of hesder soldiers serve in combat units

Hesder students join paratroopers, intelligence, tanks, navy, infantry, and other units.Uzi Baruch, 3/15/2017, 2:28 PM

Report: 87% of yeshiva-track soldiers go to combat units

New details from this month's draft: 87% of soldiers who chose to combine army service with Torah study opted to join combat units.Reut Hadar, 7/25/2016, 3:48 PM

Torah MiTzion Kollels: 20 years of Torah coming forth from Zion

CEO Ze'ev Schwartz on the worldwide Zionist kollel network he founded: 'Instead of links and computer files, we send real people.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/22/2016, 10:23 PM

Natural selection as applied to Jews

The knitted skullcap guys are here to stay. Ted Belman, 11/3/2015, 9:30 AM

Bill: Expand Hesder Track Active Service to Two Years

Labor MK behind bill seeks to right 'historic distortion' of soldiers' rights, he claims, by scaling back state support for Torah study.Tova Dvorin, 11/2/2014, 8:25 AM

First Hareidi Hesder Yeshiva Combines Torah and Army

Ground-breaking four-year program opened in Jerusalem, integrates two years of study with two years of service in Cyber Defense Unit.Ari Yashar, 5/1/2014, 9:28 PM

Torah Sociology: On the New Draft Law

Is it good for the Jews? A sociologist's opinion.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 3/28/2014, 3:35 PM

IDF Recruits Enlist 'To Prove The Hesder Way'

Hundreds of Hesder yeshiva students enlist to IDF this week, amid talk of changing and lengthening army service in the five-year program.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 3/13/2014, 6:26 PM

Yaalon Slammed for Extending Hesder Service Period

Leaders of the religious Zionist movement expressed disappointment over the extension of Hesder service to 24 monthsDavid Lev, 2/23/2014, 9:11 PM

Chief Rabbis Show Their Support for Hesder Yeshivas

Chief Rabbis Yitzchak Yosef and David Lau this week visited various Hesder yeshivas showing their support for a much maligned institutionDavid Lev, 2/20/2014, 2:19 PM

Hesder Yeshivas

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/18/2014, 12:40 AM

Extended Hesder Yeshiva to Be Opened in Kiryat Ono

Yeshiva, part of a larger network of Jewish study halls, to extend Hesder track from 5 years to 6.Tova Dvorin, 11/25/2013, 8:02 PM

Rabbi: MK Stern Deliberately Lying about Yeshivas

Hesder yeshiva rabbi outraged by Hatnua MK’s claims. ‘He knows he’s twisting the truth.’Maayana Miskin, 11/10/2013, 8:41 PM

Bennett: We'll Make Sure Torah Study Thrives

Organization of Higher Yeshivas congratulated the Bayit Yehudi party for its efforts in securing funding for member institutions.David Lev, 10/6/2013, 7:07 PM

Har Bracha Yeshiva Regains Hesder Status

Former DM Barak stopped army's cooperation with Samaria yeshiva because of dean's statemements on refusal.Gil Ronen, 7/9/2013, 9:11 AM

Livni Dissatisfied with Agreement on Hesder Track

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni says that soldiers in the hesder track should serve for the same length of time as hareidi soldiers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/30/2013, 6:13 AM

Perry C'tee: Hesder Yeshivas Win Reprieve

Period of military service for Hesder yeshivas will not be lengthened to 22 months, but only to 17.Gil Ronen, 5/26/2013, 10:37 PM

Livni’s Party to Vote to Extend Hesder Service

Justice Minister says her party will support Equal Burden of Service recommendations only if they include Hesder. Maayana Miskin, 5/26/2013, 4:31 PM

85% of Hesder Recruits – in Combat Units

August recruitment cycle will include 450 Hesder students, with huge majority headed for combat.Gil Ronen, 7/31/2012, 1:56 PM

New Initiative for Hareidi Hesder Yeshivas

Forum of Zionist rabbis and officers promoting idea to meet Minister Ya'alon Monday.Gil Ronen, 7/23/2012, 9:04 AM

Shades of Justice

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Gantz to Make First Visit to Hesder Yeshiva

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will visit the Or Etzion yeshiva on Wednesday, his first visit to a Hesder yeshiva since taking office.Elad Benari, 7/6/2011, 8:51 AM

'Send Quality Soldiers to Regular Units'

Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Naveh calls for elite soldiers to join regular brigades, not commando units.Maayana Miskin, 3/10/2011, 10:38 PM

Ashkenazi Lauds Hesder as Paratroops OC Retracts Sharp Words

'On behalf of an entire army, I want to say thank you – I salute you,' Chief of Staff says of religious-Zionist soldiers in Hesder yeshivas. Gil Ronen, 12/12/2010, 10:52 PM

Hesder Torah Students on the Front Lines in IDF

Hesder yeshiva students enlist in a new program that puts them on the front lines for two years, instead of 16 months. IDF: motivation on the rise.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 11/21/2010, 12:19 PM

New IDF Program Gives Equal Time to Army, Torah

A new IDF “hesder” program allows recruits to spend two years in active service and two years studying Torah.Maayana Miskin, 10/20/2010, 7:13 AM

Hesder Student Back in Jail, Mother Calls to End the Battle

A young student is sent to jail for the third time for refusing to leave Har Bracha yeshiva; his mother calls on the IDF to end the struggle.Maayana Miskin, 8/14/2010, 10:05 PM

Hesder Recruits Enlist, are Told 'Be Torah Students in Combat'

Hundreds of soldiers in the IDF's Hesder program enlist. Rabbi Druckman tells recruits: Act like students of Torah in combat as well as in yeshiva.Maayana Miskin, 8/1/2010, 5:55 AM

Banner-Wavers Returned to Hesder; Har Bracha Students not Yet

Soldiers who waved an anti-expulsion banner have finally been reinstated in the Hesder program. 3 others who protested quietly are still in limbo.Hillel Fendel, 7/12/2010, 2:46 PM

Last Day of Barak's Ultimatum to Hesder Students

Several Hesder students in Har Brachah, headed by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, say they refuse to quit their yeshiva, and face possible jail time.Hillel Fendel, 3/24/2010, 1:46 PM

Record Numbers: 850 Hesder Students Now, 650 Later This Year

A record number of Hesder yeshiva soldiers are taking part in this month's semi-annual enlistment of IDF combat soldiers.Hillel Fendel, 3/9/2010, 11:52 AM

Has Rabbi Druckman’s Refusal Stance Cost Him His Job?

A day after the rabbi said soldiers must refuse orders to demolish Jewish homes, the Civil Commission fired him - “because of his age.”Hillel Fendel, 1/13/2010, 11:25 AM

12th Graders: We’ll Fight for Israel and not Expel Jews

Barak faces new opposition to using IDF to expel Jews. Two hundred 12th graders wrote they want to serve the country but not in an expulsion army. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/24/2009, 8:39 AM

Hesder Yeshiva Quits Army

The “unanimous” Hesder Yeshivot declaration of earlier this week was apparently not so unanimous – and has led at least one yeshiva to quit.Hillel Fendel, 12/23/2009, 10:44 AM

Rabbi Melamed: I Did Not Back Down

As behind-the-scenes efforts continue to restore Yeshivat Har Bracha to Hesder status, Rabbi Melamed explains that he did not change his mind.Hillel Fendel, 12/21/2009, 1:28 PM

Hesder Yeshivot Nix Army Protests, Back Rabbi Melamed

Hesder yeshiva rabbis say "no" to demonstrations in the IDF, but demand no use of soldiers for politics and the reinstatement of Har Brachah.Hillel Fendel, 12/20/2009, 4:59 PM

Moshe Arens: Barak’s Ouster of Hesder Yeshiva ‘Endangers Israel’

Moshe Arens, envoy to the US, told Arutz 7 that Barak “is endangering the country” by ousting the Har Bracha yeshiva from the Hesder program.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/17/2009, 3:22 PM

Students' Turn: Will They Remain in Har Brachah?

Ball passes to the Hesder students, present and future: Will they choose yeshiva, or army? Preliminary indications are: yeshiva.Hillel Fendel, 12/14/2009, 2:21 PM

Rabbi Melamed Puts the Facts on the Table

Rabbi Melamed charges Barak with "tyrannical methods” in summoning him to a “hearing” under an ultimatum. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/14/2009, 9:22 AM

National Camp Enraged by Barak's Decision to Oust Har Bracha

Leaders of the national camp warned that Barak's decision to oust the Har Bracha yeshiva from the Hesder program will create a rift in Israel.Avi Yellin, 12/13/2009, 11:13 PM

Barak Ousts Rabbi Melamed’s Yeshiva from ‘Hesder’ Program

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is tossing Rabbi Melamed’s Hesder yeshiva out of the IDF. “Keep the army out of politics,” he said.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/13/2009, 8:22 PM

Rabbi Melamed Rejects ‘Hearing;’ MK Ben-Ari: Barak ’Obsessed’

Hesder yeshiva Rabbi Eliezer Melamed will not accept Barak’s summons to a “hearing” Sunday night. MK Ben-Ari says Defense Minister is “obsessed.”Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/13/2009, 7:17 PM

The 'Druckman Solution’ to Hesder-Barak Quarrel

The Defense Ministry is waiting for Hesder yeshiva Rabbi Melamed to sign a letter by Rabbi Druckman against soldiers’ anti-expulsion protests.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/13/2009, 1:04 AM

General 'Insulted' by Rabbi's Charges of Corruption, Careerism

Major General Avi Mizrachi criticized Rabbi Eliezer Melamed last week for comments written following the expulsion of Jews from the Gaza region.Avi Yellin, 12/6/2009, 10:28 PM

MKs Freeze IDF Money Pending for Yeshivot and Bus Protection

The Finance Committee froze the incoming IDF budget until funds are provided for the hesder yeshivas and bus protection in Judea and Samaria.Malkah Fleisher, 12/2/2009, 4:50 AM