As you sit securely in your comfortable homes, they risk their lives on the battlefield, fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon. But unlike their comrades in arms, who go home each weekend to a warm and loving home, a welcoming family and a supportive society, these young men have no home to return to. Their parents threw them out of the house because they decided to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. The fanatics in the society into which they were born call them Hardakim, a demeaning term resembling the Hebrew word for “insects.”
It is for these soldiers – the Haredi fighters who choose to join the IDF – that we established Osey Chail – The Association for Haredi Soldiers.
A Home for Haredi Soldiers