‘KOSHER’ CYBER- WARFARE

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Hesder is an Israeli yeshiva program which combines advanced Talmudic studies with military service in the Israel Defense Forces. Hesder is usually a program for the National Religious, but the new intiative focuses on the Haredim. Derech Chayim combines Torah studies and military service, as in all hesder yeshivot, but in addition, the students engage in technological studies, with an emphasis on cyber-warfare.

Courtesy of IDF spokesperson unity

Courtesy of IDF spokesperson unity

First Haredi Hesder Yeshiva Teaches Cyber-Warfare

Amidst coalition agreements that work towards cancelling out the laws that force Haredim to serve in the IDF, more initiatives are appearing in which Haredim are filling essential  roles in the Israeli military. Nahal Haredi, the Netzach Yehuda Battalion, was founded in 1999, and is a combat unit like any other, now numbering well over 1,000 soldiers. JP Updates recently reported on the new commander of the Givati Battalion’s Haredi Brigade.

But the success of the IDF is not solely dependent on the combat units. Israel’s survival is dependent on maintaining a technological edge over its enemies, and for this, the Haredim are ideally suited, due to their lifetime of dedication to intensive study. It is known that a volunteer all-Haredi computer unit has also been created within the Israeli Air Force, but it was recently revealed that within the IDF’s Hesder program, is a Haredi yeshiva called Derech Hayim. Hesder is an Israeli yeshiva program which combines advanced Talmudic studies with military service in the Israel Defense Forces. Hesder is usually a program for the National Religious, but the new intiative focuses on the Haredim. Derech Chayim combines Torah studies and military service, as in all hesder yeshivot, but in addition, the students engage in technological studies, with an emphasis on cyber-warfare.

Derekh Chaim was initiated by the Defense Ministry’s Security-Sociological Wing and the IDF’s Manpower and Chief Rabbinate Departments, for the purpose of enabling young Haredi men the opportunity for “meaningful IDF service.”

The program’s success led them to move from Jerusalem, where it was located at and under the auspices of Machon Lev, to their present location in Moshav Nachalim near Petach Tikva.

The Haredi program is structured differently than other Hesder programs, which are usually National Religious. The program is in stages. The first stage is intense religious studies for two years.  While continuing their religious studies, students will attend classes about defense in the evenings provided by Machon Lev and developed by the Cyber Defense Unit of the IDF, providing approximately one thousand hours of study over the two-year period.

The Haredi recruits will then complete a two-year period of military service in the army’s Cyber Defense Unit. They do not live on an IDF base and are be able to remain in their college residences, similar to soldiers filling other non-combat positions in the military. This allows them to continue their religious studies and in the evenings.

In addition to allowing Haredi men to maintain their religious commitment at a very high level, it also teaches them one of the most highly sought after skills in the technology job market.

 

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