For the first time in history of the IDF a haredi paratrooper company swearing-in ceremony took place last Thursday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. After Kfir and Givati brigades, Paratroopers will also incorporate a haredi company.
Only one month ago the new haredi paratrooper recruits arrived to induction center (Bakum). “I am proud to welcome first haredi company becoming part of our brigade.” Paratroopers commander Col. Nimrod Aloni have said, “I don’t have a slightest doubt that a new company will be professional, strong in both physically and spiritually. From now on you will become paratroopers. I wish you great success, you are true pioneers”.
In the shadow of the attacks of extremists against the haredi soldiers, ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav have published a picture of his recently enlisted son in paratroopers uniforms and wrote: “My soldier son, I’m proud of you”.
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Rabbis of the Nahal Haredi Foundation, who will provide a spiritual support to new paratroopers by conducting Gemara lessons and providing personal backing for each soldier. “Today we have witnessed a historical moment. New haredi company in the IDF will continue the process of integration, started by Netzah Yehuda (Nahal Haredi) Battalion. The one can be a professional soldier and in the same time a practicing haredi Jew”.