More than a week into the "Iron Swords" war, the IDF has identified in recent days a strong desire among the ultra-Orthodox public to enlist and contribute to the war, and express great satisfaction with a process that did not exist in the past.
On Thursday evening, an official publication by the IDF Haredi Administration came out, which in effect offered the ultra-Orthodox and yeshiva students two possible routes. The first is intended for Haredim who received an exemption from conscription, most of whom are over the age of 26, to whom the army offered to volunteer and enlist in military positions that require basic training and will undergo short basic training. The track includes a variety of roles such as ambulance driving, the medical worlds and true kindness, with the IDF aiming to begin basic training as early as next week.
The second track is intended for Haredim without training in any of the above professions and to assist in a variety of positions that do not require time in the front space. These include professions such as identifying fallen soldiers, packing food, collecting objects of fallen soldiers, and military rabbinate.
As of Sunday, about two days after publication, more than 2000,12 interested parties had contacted the Haredi Administration, the most suitable of whom will be recruited through a quick absorption process in order to begin accustoming them to the framework as soon as possible. A representative of the Secretariat shares with us that the Secretariat has been approached from a variety of ultra-Orthodox populations, from people with various training to yeshiva students with no training at all, ultra-Orthodox doctors, paramedics, drivers on heavy vehicles and more. At the same time, Haredi Americans offered assistance with spokesmanship issues, a large law firm that offered to "donate the entire office to the war effort, from the owner to the cleaning worker," and even <> ultra-Orthodox nurses who also offered to join the war system.
The same Civil Administration representative adds that some of the Avrachim, many of them from prestigious yeshivas such as Slobodka, Mir and Hebron, do not have non-kosher telephones and therefore do not have cellular internet, so they contacted them by email and one of them wrote in the comments: "I want to volunteer but I want to keep Seder A. My wife promised me that she would look after the children while I volunteered."
In addition, nearly 1,000 graduates of ultra-Orthodox military service who served in a separate track applied to return to volunteering and enlist in the reserves, even though they have an exemption. It should be recalled that every Haredi who enlisted in a separate track to the IDF receives an exemption from reserve duty because there is only one separate reserve company and it is full. They are currently on a waiting list and many of them are begging to return.
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