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A new year of spiritual mentorship for hundreds of Orthodox mechina alumni in the IDF

Some 540 students from Orthodox mechinot took part this Thursday in a conference hosted by Hadar, a spiritual guidance program for alumni in memory of Hadar Goldin

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:17

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This Thursday, some 540 students from Orthodox mechinot Bnei David–Eli, Atzmona, Bnei David–Maaleh Efrayim, Keshet Yehuda, Magen Shaul, Elisha, and Beit Yatir attended the first annual conference of the 'Hadar Program' (Hebrew) at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem.

The program, dedicated to the memory of Bnei David–Eli graduate Hadar Goldin, was created collaboratively by a number of Orthodox mechinot. Its goal is to extend the Orthodox mechina experience, which combines Torah study, preparation for meaningful service in the IDF, and more, by deepening and enriching alumni’s military service and giving them a source of religious guidance during that time.

Its goal is to extend the Orthodox mechina experience, which combines Torah study, preparation for meaningful service in the IDF, and more, by deepening and enriching alumni’s military service and giving them a source of religious guidance during that time.

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The program starts even before conscription, with advisory sessions for students who are about to join up, and continues until discharge from the army. Together, they both study Torah and examine day-to-day issues encountered in the IDF, forming a close-knit group of friends who support each other as they make their way through army service. Program participants can receive halakhic guidance from a rabbi when in need.

The conference was attended by Rabbi Zvi Tau, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Professor Simha Goldin, Hadar program head Rabbi Pinchas Etzion, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, and Rabbi Yigal Levinstein.

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