Spreading her Wings

OTS congratulates R, who will become the IDF’s second ever religious female combat navigator when she receives her wings at the Air Force graduation ceremony this Thursday (June 25, 2015).

IMG-20150622-WA0000R, 22, is the oldest of three children and a resident of Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem. Following high school, R enrolled in Hadas Torah/IDF Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, which has accompanied her and continues to provide her with support all through the grueling pilot’s training course.


“Already in the ninth grade, R told us she intended to get into the pilot-training course,” recalled her parents. “During the course, she fasted on all the fast days, she woke up each day earlier than necessary in order to pray in the base synagogue. Once a week she had a telephone shiur with Rabbi Shuki Reich [a teacher from the Hadas program] in Talmud Bavli.”


According to everyone, just as R never compromised her religion for the sake of her mission, she also never compromised her training because she was religious.IMG-20150621-WA0000


“R is a very responsible young woman who approaches everything she does with utmost seriousness,” says Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, director of the Israeli programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum. “She had dreamt of this her entire life, and so we supported and encouraged her to do it. A young woman who wants to fulfill her potential, to contribute to the State of Israel and the nation of Israel in the best way possible, who is prepared to give her heart and soul and put her life on the line, who at the same time is dedicated to learning Torah, R didn’t cut any corners or cut herself any breaks, not in the religious world and not in the professional realm.


“For R,” says Teharlev, “the sky is the limit.”

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