According to a report from Arutz Sheva, three soldiers from the haredi battalions were recognized for their excellence and excellent service during a ceremony honoring outstanding soldiers at the Israeli President’s Residence on Independence Day.
Haredi soldiers are rarely recognized for their accomplishments during the ceremony, which honors 120 exceptional soldiers from around the IDF.
Avraham Bar-Noy’s mother, a Netzach Yehuda soldier, unexpectedly made plans to attend the wedding. She chose to go to the ceremony and surprise her son with it with the help of the President’s Office.
Before joining the haredi “Hetz” (Haredim Tzanhanim) company, Benny Brim, whose journey into the IDF began at a haredi pre-military academy, underwent his initial training with the paratroopers.
The third exceptional Haredi soldier, Binyamin Gopin, is a Maginei Hanegev Haredi IAF unit member. After serving his last days in the military, Gopin has been commended for his exceptional service.
He is an immigrant and a lone soldier, and the Sa’eed family of Ma’on has been with him throughout his service.
I was highly affected today to watch the exceptional soldier under my command get an award for excellence from the President of Israel, wrote Captain Shmuel Kirsch, commander of the haredi company in the IAF. Being the son of a haredi family, I am fully aware of how unusual it is for a haredi soldier to receive an award in the President’s Residence.
“Binyamin is a role model and an example of what it means to be a soldier and a warrior, and he has had a problematic and exhausting route — moving to Israel, learning Hebrew, and transitioning from a citizen and yeshiva student to being a soldier, and from a soldier to a fighter. He never gave up, and he never bragged. That is pioneering, that is Judaism, and that is what it means to be Israeli.
The Netzach Yehuda Association’s director general, Yossi Levi, remarked on how poignant it was to see Benny, Avraham, and Binyamin approach the podium to accept their honors for their challenging but fruitful work.