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Haredi minister calls for IDF draft, causes outrage

Minister Meir Porush explained the need to draft students in pre-military programs early. Many were outraged that such calls came from a minister whose constituents do not serve.

Haredi minister calls for IDF draft, causes outrage

ISA prevents 'hilltop youth' soldier from extending service

The soldier asked to increase his term of service, but security officials refused 'in light of activity against security forces.'

ISA prevents 'hilltop youth' soldier from extending service

'Judaism should be equal for every soldier in the Jewish army'

Herzi Halevi leads a religious lifestyle. On the Hesder program: 'I think it's an outstanding program', thinks it should be extended

'Judaism should be equal for every soldier in the Jewish army'

IDF will work to crack down on 'religious gender segregation'

After 30 religious troops turned their back on parachuting instructor, manpower chief meets with radical feminist lobby, promises 'changes'.

IDF will work to crack down on 'religious gender segregation'

First: MDA volunteers in Hesder program

First 17 paramedics, students of Ofakim Yeshiva, successfully complete Magen David Adom course for Hesder students

First: MDA volunteers in Hesder program

Winning the struggle for religious rights in the IDF

Despite meeting of Chief of Staff Eizenkot and leading Religious Zionist rabbis, CoS' attitude towards Jewish tradition cannot be trusted.

Winning the struggle for religious rights in the IDF

The difficulties facing religious IDF soldiers

The difficulties facing religious IDF soldiers

85% of hesder soldiers serve in combat units

Hesder students join paratroopers, intelligence, tanks, navy, infantry, and other units.

85% of hesder soldiers serve in combat units

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.

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

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.'

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

Natural selection as applied to Jews

Natural selection as applied to Jews

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.

Bill: Expand Hesder Track Active Service to Two Years

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.

First Hareidi Hesder Yeshiva Combines Torah and Army

Torah Sociology: On the New Draft Law

Torah Sociology: On the New Draft Law

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.

IDF Recruits Enlist 'To Prove The Hesder Way'

Yaalon Slammed for Extending Hesder Service Period

Leaders of the religious Zionist movement expressed disappointment over the extension of Hesder service to 24 months

Yaalon Slammed for Extending Hesder Service Period

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 institution

Chief Rabbis Show Their Support for Hesder Yeshivas

Hesder Yeshivas

Hesder Yeshivas

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.

Extended Hesder Yeshiva to Be Opened in Kiryat Ono

Rabbi: MK Stern Deliberately Lying about Yeshivas

Hesder yeshiva rabbi outraged by Hatnua MK’s claims. ‘He knows he’s twisting the truth.’

Rabbi: MK Stern Deliberately Lying about Yeshivas

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.

Bennett: We'll Make Sure Torah Study Thrives

Har Bracha Yeshiva Regains Hesder Status

Former DM Barak stopped army's cooperation with Samaria yeshiva because of dean's statemements on refusal.

Har Bracha Yeshiva Regains Hesder Status

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.

Livni Dissatisfied with Agreement on Hesder Track

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.

Perry C'tee: Hesder Yeshivas Win Reprieve

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.

Livni’s Party to Vote to Extend Hesder Service

85% of Hesder Recruits – in Combat Units

August recruitment cycle will include 450 Hesder students, with huge majority headed for combat.

85% of Hesder Recruits – in Combat Units

New Initiative for Hareidi Hesder Yeshivas

Forum of Zionist rabbis and officers promoting idea to meet Minister Ya'alon Monday.

New Initiative for Hareidi Hesder Yeshivas

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.

Gantz to Make First Visit to Hesder Yeshiva

'Send Quality Soldiers to Regular Units'

Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Naveh calls for elite soldiers to join regular brigades, not commando units.

'Send Quality Soldiers to Regular Units'

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.

Ashkenazi Lauds Hesder as Paratroops OC Retracts Sharp Words

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.

Hesder Torah Students on the Front Lines in IDF

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.

New IDF Program Gives Equal Time to Army, Torah

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Last Day of Barak's Ultimatum to Hesder Students

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.

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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.

Hesder Yeshiva Quits Army

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.

Rabbi Melamed: I Did Not Back Down

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.

Hesder Yeshivot Nix Army Protests, Back Rabbi Melamed

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.

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

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.

Students' Turn: Will They Remain in Har Brachah?

Rabbi Melamed Puts the Facts on the Table

Rabbi Melamed charges Barak with "tyrannical methods” in summoning him to a “hearing” under an ultimatum.

Rabbi Melamed Puts the Facts on the Table

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.

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

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.

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

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.”

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

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.

The 'Druckman Solution’ to Hesder-Barak Quarrel

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.

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

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.

MKs Freeze IDF Money Pending for Yeshivot and Bus Protection