The Bakum induction base of the IDF, located at Tel Hashomer, operated on a mehadrin protocol on Sunday as 73 new chareidi inductees were scheduled to arrive at 10:00am. Their processing is being handled exclusively by male personnel, in compliance with guidelines agreed upon between rabbonim and the IDF.
The new inductees are not entering the popular Netzach Yehuda Nachal Chareidi unit, but they are being inducted into the navy and air force, most slated to do 2-4 years of service, many in intelligence units. 60 will be in army intelligence and 13 in the navy. The new inductees are part of the expanding number of chareidim entering the armed forces, and they will receive mehadrin food with a hechsher of the Badatz Eida Chareidis as well as framework during basic training and during their service that is in line with their frum lifestyle.
Previous programs including an air force induction which placed recruits in technical posts have been hailed as a major success, with senior commanders praising the high motivation of the chareidi inductees and their exuberance towards performing their tasks on a high standard.
One new recruit, a resident from Haifa being assigned to the navy, received a telephone call last week from Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who congratulated him on his impending induction. A Haifa official involved in the program spoke with Barak, explaining that there are growing number of Avreichim joining the IDF after learning for a number of years, even married men, prompting Barak to track down this Haifa inductee to congratulate him in person. Barak told him that he views this a true Kiddush Hashem, adding that he is certain the avreich is aware that Eliyahu revealed himself on Har HaCarmel in Haifa, bestowing upon him all the brochos.
The avreich first believed the phone call was a prank, but then realized that he was indeed speaking with the defense minister, who took the time to personally phone him and wish him success in his military service.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)