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Our Soldiers Are the Holiest of the Holy

What Should Be Our Relationship to IDF Soldiers?

39 min

Class Summary:

Is Hakaras Hatov a halachic requirement, or just a nice thing to do?
Do we just feel gratitude, or do we need to say “thank you” or more?
Historically, did the Gedolim show Hakaras Hatov towards the soldiers of the IDF?
Why have a few Roshei Yeshiva said they are concerned about showing gratitude?
If Torah learning protects, why does Israel need an army?
Does the Israeli army enable those in Yeshiva to learn? Do those learning in Yeshiva enable the army to have military success?

Rabbi YY Jacobson addresses these questions on the Halacha Headlines podcast Hosted by Rabbi Ari Wasserman, on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayechi, 18 Teves. 5784, Dec. 30, 2023

This is an excerpt of the podcast. The full podcast also includes Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb – Rabbi in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Director of Tzalash https://tzalash.org/ 
& Rabbi Doniel Haymann – Rosh Kollel, author of Hakaras Hatov L’Halacha with Rabbi Joshua Friedman – founded of Israel Select https://thechesedfund.com/israelselect/tefillin?aff=WA & Clip from Rabbi Baruch Rosenblum – educator, author, and popular magid shiur. To listen to full episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/halacha-headlines/id1048703487

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    A proud Israeli -4 months ago

    Holy of the holyness

    While we all need to approve in many ways, how would the country be safe without all the Torah being learnt daily under huge Mesiras Nefesh in the hundreds of Yeshivas and Kollelim in Israel?? Why do these people not get the title, holy of the holiness?? They only deserve criticism because they are not perfect? While we surely owe huge gratitude to all the soldiers, which are real Hero's, are they so much more perfect to deserve the title holy of the holiness?? 

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      Chaim S -4 months ago

      Because being ready to give up your life to protect your fellow Jew and the land of Israel is the ultimate MITZVAH, and there is nothing holier than that.

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    • Anonymous -2 months ago

      Thank you!

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    Chaim Bochner -4 months ago

    All removed? I guess emotions running high!

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      David -4 months ago

      Rabbi YY - I dont know if you read this but I am consumed by the following conundrum - if our soldiers are the holy of holies, why do I not send my son to the army? Do I not want him too to be the holy of holies? how exactly do we make this seemingly impossible split?

      I'd be forever grateful for a satisfying answer

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Interview on "Headlines"

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • December 30, 2023
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  • 18 Tevet 5784
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