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IDF Is Establishing Chareidi Brigade Of 3,000 Soldiers

IDF Chief of Staff Hertzi Halevi approved an operational plan for the establishment of a Chareidi brigade in the IDF that will include 3,000 soldiers.

According to an Army Radio report on Thursday morning, the brigade will include three battalions, two of which will be regular infantry units that include full service and one that will be a reserve battalion.

The training period for the Chareidi reserve soldiers will last three months. Afterward, they will be released and called up according to need.

The plan was led by the head of the IDF Manpower Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Yaniv Asor, other IDF officials, and Chareidi Rabbanim, led by Rabbi Dovid Label.

It was agreed that the brigade would not include women at all and will have a special admissions committee that will verify that applicants are indeed Chareidi. All the commanders will be religious.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

19 Responses

  1. The only way Chareidi integration into society will work is if society respects them (putting aside their need to respect those around them as well). I think this is a very positive first step.

  2. May the soldiers in this unit have much Hatzlacha, and may they all return home shalem b’nefesh u’b’guf – along with all others defending the Am Hashem haYoshev b’Tzion.

    וִיקֻיַּם בָּהֶם הַכָּתוּב: כִּי ה’ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם אֹיְבֵיכֶם לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם

  3. Imagine that instead of “IDF”, it had “Jews for J”. The Zionists are infinitely worse, of course. This is shmad, as UJM noted.

  4. “verify that applicants are indeed Chareidi”

    lol. they will ask,
    “will you join the zionist army?”
    “You are NOT chareid! next!”

  5. An article in ywn said that thousands of the healthy boys wanted to go the army and was denied now them taking the weak is only to show who is boss this means they didn’t want to take the strong people cause they would make the army Jewish that want only the weak to shmad it says in the Gemara that an am haretz you can rip him like a fish and some other things in that daf are for this the despicable people had strong people wanting to go and fight and they said no we work on our watch we are boss we are grabbing these weak people to shmad ymach shmam

  6. Imagine that instead of “IDF”, it had “Jews for J”.

    Hakatan again demonstrates his diminutive intellectual skills…..Kol hakovod to those bochurim who choose to take some responsibility for defending their families

  7. HaKatan, I’ll only say this once, and you can either listen and agree or not.

    I am also anti-Zionist. However when you make exaggerated, hyperbolic claims like “The Zionists are infinitely worse, of course [than Jews for J]”, you are weakening our case against the State. Zionism, for all its faults, is not idol worship, because idol worship is a phenomenon well known in Judaism, that has precise definition. Specifically, for some belief to be idol worship, it must believe in a spiritual force outside of Hashem’s direct control; while practicing idol-worship refers to an attempt to placate this force either through actions by which we worship Hashem (slaughter, spilling of blood, etc), or through actions specific to that idol (like throwing stones at Marcilus, or eating the cracker in a Catholic church). Different Zionists believe a range of beliefs, but no Zionist, ever to my knowledge, has claimed that the State of Israel is an independent spiritual force to be worshipped.

    When you make exaggerated claims that Zionism is worse than idol worship (how can anythinh be worse than idol worship?) you are only making akuperma, and anIsraeliYid’s case for Zionism stronger, because they can point at your posts, and claim that anti-Zionism is crazy and disconnected from reality.

    I urge you to recollect, and start making more measured statements. You can still be anti-Zionist, and you’ll be a more effective anti-Zionist. Hashem knows, in these days when force enlistment of charedim is on horizon hy”r, we need to be as effective as we can to counter the negative forces.

  8. doom777:
    It’s befeirush in Rav Elchonon’s Kovetz Maamarim and elsewhere. It’s not complicated.
    Yes, Zionism is infinitely worse than Jews for J. They, at least, claim that Judaism does believe in G-d, but in their corrupt and nonsensical way. The Zionists, on the other hand, claim to replace Judaism with their idolatrous (there’s that word, again) and heretical (there’s another one, also from the gedolim) godless and secular land-based nationalist “religion”. There’s much more, of course.

  9. @Doom777 – thanks, but I don’t need the ridiculousness of Hakatan or Pure Narishkeit and their ilk to defend Zionism and show how it is not an issue. In fact, the main argument for currently serving in the army is based on defending the lives of one’s fellow Jews. This is classic Halacha – nothing to do with Zionism.

    an Israeli Yid

  10. I don’t chap…
    Are these guys chareidim or do they want to join the army?
    Its so sad that we have people who call themselves chareidim and also want to join a Zionist army at the same time
    I mean they should choose if they’re for Hashem or not
    Hashem should save us

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