Haredi combat soldiers 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Students of the Modi’in Hesder Yeshiva will visit the graves of dozens of fallen
haredi soldiers on Monday to say the kaddish mourner’s prayer in the absence of
anyone else prepared to do so on Remembrance Day.
Staff at the yeshiva
recently discovered that dozens of haredi soldiers who were killed while serving
their country were not buried in military ceremonies but in civilian
Additionally, the families of these soldiers do not visit
their graves on Remembrance Day, although it is understood that the anniversary
of their deaths is marked according to Jewish tradition.
Hesder Yeshiva, which emphasizes social responsibility in its programs, decided
this year that students, together with the dean and teachers at the institute,
would visit the graves of such soldiers during Remembrance Day this year and say
kaddish at their graves.
“For every fallen soldier there is a personal
Day of Remembrance, the day he fell,” said dean of the yeshiva Rabbi Eliezer
According to Shenvald, there are not inconsiderable numbers of
fallen haredi soldiers, mostly from the first three decades of the state’s
existence, whose families preferred to bury them in civilian cemeteries rather
then publicize the fact that their relative was an IDF soldier.
ceremonies for commemorating those who fell in defense of the Land are not
supposed to make a distinction between blood, party or different sectors of
society,” said Shenvald.
“Through a recognition for all fallen soldiers,
and through a feeling of public responsibility for the need to recognize the
fallen of the haredi community, we initiated a project for visiting their
graves, as representatives of the Israeli public, at civilian
“There we will light a candle, read from the Book of Psalms
and say the kaddish mourners prayer in their memory on Remembrance Day for the
fallen soldiers of the IDF,” Shenvald said.
Two separate teams from the
yeshiva will visit the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem and the Zichron Meir
cemetery in Bnei Brak on Monday.
One such fallen soldier whose grave they
will visit is Yitzhak, killed during operational deployment in a battle with
terrorists in October 1967.
Shlomo, whose father was an Orthodox
politician, was killed during the Sinai Campaign in 1956. He was buried in the
civilian cemetery in Bnei Brak.