Rabbi Haim Druckman 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Rabbi Haim Druckman, Israel Prize laureate and head of Yeshivat Or Etzion, spoke
at the IDF induction center on Monday to students enrolled in the hesder yeshiva
program, who will begin their military service this week.
course combines Torah study and army service. Participants usually serve a year
and a half in the army and study for three and a half years in a
“It is a great privilege to serve in the IDF and to be partners
in the security of the people of Israel in their land,” Druckman told the
“Hesder students serve in the army out of a deep
motivation, a sense of responsibility and through recognition that doing so is a
Torah commandment,” the rabbi said.
Druckman concluded his speech by
blessing the students that they “go in peace.”
Last week, the Israel
Prize committee approved the choice of Druckman
to be awarded the Lifetime
Achievement for his special contribution to society and state. The rabbi
was one of the founders of the hesder yeshiva program, is chairman of Bnei Akiva
and also served as director of the State Conversion Authority from 1990 until
Approximately 750 students from across the country who are
enrolled in the hesder yeshiva program will begin their military service on
Wednesday, 79 percent of whom will serve in combat roles, according to hesder
During his speech, Druckman also addressed the rocket fire
that hit the South this week, saying that the situation is
“I am sure that the State of Israel has the ability to
bring it to a stop and that the people of the South, like all other residents of
the country, will be able to live in peace and tranquillity,” he
The Association of Hesder Yeshivot director Eitan Ozeri, who
accompanied Druckman, noted that the current intake of hesder students to combat
units was particularly high, and pointed out that there were some yeshivot from
which the entire class was entering combat roles.
Yeshiva Neveh Dekalim in Ashdod, through which 32 students are enlisting this
week, all of whom are going into combat units in the Nahal and Paratrooper
brigades as well as the Armored Corps, Military Intelligence and the navy.