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'These tears combine happiness, spirituality, excitement, and joy'

Around 400 hesder yeshiva students accompanied by excited relatives enlist in the IDF, mostly in elite units.

'These tears combine happiness, spirituality, excitement, & joy'player

End of blood donation boycott? MDA hasn't backed down

Hundreds resume blood donations due to dangerously low supplies, even though MDA still hasn't restored "father" and "mother."

End of blood donation boycott? MDA hasn't backed down

Emergency meeting of Hesder Rabbis

Budget cuts force rabbis to ask Prime Minister for emergency assistance to keep yeshivas open next year.

Emergency meeting of Hesder Rabbis

Low rate of COVID infection in religious-Zionist yeshivas

Around 28,000 tests conducted in last few months; just 34 active virus cases as of last week.

Low rate of COVID infection in religious-Zionist yeshivas

Chief Rabbi apologizes for comments regarding graduates of religious Zionist yeshivas

Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef's office clarifies: 'Rabbi hasthe greatest respect for graduates of hesder yeshivas and their Torah learning'

Chief Rabbi apologizes for comments regarding Hesder graduates

Hesder yeshivas preparing to reopen

Preparations include higher partitions between capsules and better ventilation.

Hesder yeshivas preparing to reopen

Preschools, daycares, and hesder yeshivas to close due to coronavirus concerns

PM Netanyahu announces: Preschools and daycares to close. DM Bennett orders hesder yeshivas, yeshiva dorms, to close as well

Preschools and hesder yeshivas to close

Mixed-gender service? We won't be able to perform reserve duty

A fourth battalion will now also incorporate mixed-gender service, leaving only one battalion out of five single-gender.

Mixed-gender service? We won't be able to perform reserve duty

Torah is our ‘nuclear reactor’

Some thousand participants gather in Jerusalem at an event in honor of the completion of the Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud).

Torah is our ‘nuclear reactor’player

Crossing Sea of Galilee for hesder yeshivas

Early morning Kinneret crossing by Bnei Akiva Yeshivot Center and students; 12-year-old takes first place.

Crossing Sea of Galilee for hesder yeshivas

'Smotrich goes mixed swimming?'

In preparation for Kinneret crossing led by hesder yeshivas, MK called for reprimand after admitting he does mixed swimming.

'Smotrich goes mixed swimming?'player

'Today it's much harder to be a Torah scholar'

Yeshivat Torah in Zion head explains purpose of fund - raising the next generation of Torah scholars in religious Zionism.

'Today it's much harder to be a Torah scholar'player

'Hotovely is brave, she attacked no one and hurt no one'

Sderot Hesder Yeshiva dean says critics of Deputy FM Hotovely 'only want to censure the government.'

'Hotovely is brave, she attacked no one and hurt no one'player

Ethiopian community's new rabbi is hesder yeshiva graduate

Chief Ethiopian Jewish rabbi retires, new rabbi learned in Religious Zionist yeshivas and published over ten books.

Ethiopian community's new rabbi is hesder yeshiva graduate

'End the plots and the incitement'

Defense Minister calls reports of closing of pre-military yeshiva 'incitement' and an attempt to score political points at IDF's expense.

'End the plots and the incitement'

Will religious soldiers be forced to shave?

Outrage over new IDF orders, as hundreds of religious-Zionist soldiers say they will go to jail rather than violate religious convictions.

Will religious soldiers be forced to shave their beards?

Number of Hesder Yeshiva Students Up 5%

Hesder Yeshiva Association head Rabbi Karov says there's no surprise that combined army-Torah study track gaining popularity.

Number of Hesder Yeshiva Students Up 5%

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.

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Shaked Committee Frozen Over Hesder Yeshiva Fiasco

Prime Minister freezes Shaked Committee vote on sanctions for draft-dodging after controversy erupts over length of Hesder service.

Shaked Committee Vote Frozen Over Hesder Yeshiva Fiasco

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

MK Stern Explains Views, Fights Fire with Fire

In an interview with Arutz 7, MK Eliezer Stern discusses the Conversion law, hesder yeshivas, and Religious Zionism

MK Stern Explains Views, Fights Fire with Fire

Zionist Yeshivas Angry with Bennett

Zionist yeshivas absorbed a 40% budget cut and warned they will soon be unable to pay salaries.

Zionist Yeshivas Angry with Bennett

Bennett: I Won't Let Peretz Damage Hesder Yeshivas

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said that he would not allow Hesder yeshivas to be damaged by proposed changes in requirements

Bennett: I Won't Let Peretz Damage Hesder Yeshivas

Official: Hareidim, Dati Le'umi Suffer Together

The budget cuts proposed by the government are decimating all yeshivas, a top Hesder Yeshiva official said

Hesder Official: Hareidim, Religious Zionists Suffer Together

Zionist Yeshivas Fear 'Collapse of Torah World'

Hesder and other Zionist yeshivas say budget cuts do not differentiate between them and non-Zionist yeshivas.

Zionist Yeshivas Fear 'Collapse of Torah World'

IDF to Cancel Draft Notices for Hesder Students

Draft notices that were sent to students in their first year of Hesder yeshiva will be cancelled, IDF officials say.

IDF to Cancel Draft Notices for First Year Hesder Students

Soldier Killed Terrorist before He Was Shot

Hesder yeshiva student-soldier Netanel Yahalomi killed one terrorist and fired another 23 bullets until he was shot dead.

Soldier Killed Terrorist, Continued to Shoot until Hit

IDF Bases Get 'Special Forces’ for Holiday Prayers

IDF bases are being beefed up with “Special Forces” of yeshiva students who will blow the shofar and help lead High Holiday prayers.

IDF Bases Receive 'Special Forces’ for Holiday Prayers

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

Zionist Yeshivas Won’t be Affected by Tal Law End

Ministerial committee approved bill regulating Zionist yeshiva students' army service, despite Shas opposition.

Zionist Yeshivas Won’t be Affected by Tal Law's Demise

Will Tal Law's Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?

Thousands of hesder yeshiva students could lose their legal status unless a solution is found.

Will Tal Law's Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?

Video in Memory of Victim of Terror at Yeshiva

A video recalls the life and heroic death of one of four yeshiva students murdered by terrorists in the southern Hevron Hills in 2002.

Video in Memory of Victim of Terror at Yeshivaplayer

Orlev: I will not support the Tal Law

Jewish Home faction head Zevulun Orlev says the Hesder programs prove Torah study and observance are no excuse to dodge IDF service

Orlev: I will not support the Tal Law

Yeshiva Students' Petition: We Won’t Serve in IDF

"We will not enlist, although we feel it is a right and duty to defend Israel - but the orders of the Creator are above those of man."

Yeshiva Students' 'We Won't Serve' Petition: Wake-Up Call to IDF

Yeshiva Students to Gantz: Let Us Keep Halakha

Hesder yeshiva students send a letter to the IDF Chief of Staff, asking him to allow hareidi soldiers not to listen to women's singing.

Yeshiva Students to Gantz: Let Us Keep Halakha

Report on Religious IDF Integration

A special IDF report claims integration of religious soldiers in the service leads to discrimination against women -- in song.

Report: Religious Men in Army Bad for Women