IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, had warm words today for the ‘Hesder’ yehiva soldiers, whose mandatory service in the army is combined with periods of yeshiva study.
“On behalf of an entire army, I want to say ‘thank you’ – I salute you,” Ashkenazi said to Hesder soldiers at a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new home of the Hesder yeshiva at Modi’in, northwest of Yeruahalyim.
Ashkenazi told his audience about a student from the Modi’in yeshiva, Second-Lt. Yo’ad Kaplan, who was wounded in the Cast Lead campaign but insisted on being allowed to return to active service and to enroll in the Officers’ Course.
“Less than a year ago I had the privilege of decorating Yo’ad with the Platoon Commander pin, because his commanders at Officers’ School decided that he was the Excellent Soldier in the Ground Forces Officers’ Course,” Ashkenazi said. “For me, this event drove home in a personal way the power of the Hesder yeshivas.”
Hesder yeshiva soldiers are “a meaningful part of the IDF’s command backbone,” Israel’s top military commander said.
Read more at Arutz Shevah.