Tuesday, July 29, 2014


YBA Sussya graduate, Yeshurun Tzoran (24) is a career officer in the Border Police, the Israel Police Force's paramilitary unit responsible for guarding Israel's borders from infiltration by terrorists. Last Sunday, Yeshurun put his intuition, reflexes and training to good use to do just that.

"I leaned into the car to turn off the engine and remove the driver from the vehicle. He began driving, dragging me with him. I pulled out my pistol, cocked the hammer and pointed it at him. While doing this I realized that the car interior looked very suspicious, like a car-bomb," explained Yeshurun ​​Tzoran, the Border Police officer responsible for the arrest of a Palestinian terrorist trying to cross into Israel to carry out a bomb attack.

The terrorist bomber that Yeshurun stopped and arrested later admitted in interrogation that he was on his way to blow up the car-bomb he was driving in the heart of Tel Aviv.

We congratulate you, Yeshurun, for your diligence and bravery in carrying out your mission. You have no doubt saved countless innocent lives. We are proud of you!

The following is a translation of the Ynet News report on the incident by Noam Dvir, Ynet News, 27.7.2014:

Foiled attack: "Driver was wearing a wig, with gas canisters in the car" 

Border Police officer Yeshurun Tzoran saw a suspicious car approaching his roadblock and ordered the driver to stop. When he saw the car’s contents, he drew his gun and stopped the driver: "I feel good" 

The incident occurred on Sunday morning near the checkpoint between Beitar Ilit and Tzur Hadassah. With the help of his Border Police unit and soldiers from the Taoz battalion of the military police, Yeshurun managed to overpower the driver and discover two pipe bombs, gas cylinders, explosives, and a detonator in the car. The driver was arrested and taken in for interrogation.

Yeshurun Tzoran was in command of the Border Police patrol that set up the spontaneous roadblock about 100 meters from the entrance to the checkpoint. When the suspicious driver approached they told him to stop. After he resisted the calls to halt, Tzoran pulled him out of the car and neutralized him.

- What made you suspicious of the vehicle?

"I saw that the driver was wearing a wig, big sunglasses and had a stubbly beard. I didn’t see what was inside the car until I was leaning in with my pistol pointed at him. The car was filled with gas canisters with colored wires between them.”

“There was no rear seat, only front seats - the entire back was full of gas canisters. My soldiers and the military police helped me neutralize the driver and then took him to the checkpoint. We closed the area and called in a bomb squad to neutralize the explosives in the car. "

Zoran explained that setting up spontaneous roadblocks a short distance from the permanent checkpoint is standard operating procedure in times of high tension or intelligence reports of potential terrorist activity in the area. "We are trained for just for such events," he said.

- How do you feel now?

"I couldn’t feel any better. I feel happy that we saved many lives in Israel. But then again, this is our job. I have no doubt that any of my soldiers would have done the same thing."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter from the Front Lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Tuesday, the students at YBA Yeshivat Hesder Hagolan in Hispin received the following letter from their friends on active duty with the IDF Givati Brigade, serving on the Gaza Front. Certain details have been omitted for military secrecy purposes. 

"Dear friends,

We wanted to keep you posted regarding our situation. Over the past six months we have stationed on the border with Gaza, patrolling the border fence. It hasn't been easy, with 12 hour shifts of jeep patrols or lying in ambush for terrorist infiltration. The whole time we knew that there were four attack tunnels right under our noses, and we constantly asked ourselves 'why don't we blow them up already?'

On the first night of the operation eight terrorists came out of one of the tunnels and approached the fence, looking for someone to target. Just then, a patrol came by, and the company commander's jeep took a direct hit from an anti-tank missile. The commander, Amotz Greenberg, and his driver, Adar Barsano were killed on the spot. The rest of the patrol force returned fire, killing one terrorist; but the other seven managed to escape back through the tunnel.

On the third day of the operation, at about 1:00 p.m. we received our orders: to enter the Gaza Strip, locate all the tunnel entrances in the area and blow them up, eliminate any Hamas fighters we encounter along the way and return safely to base. 

Baruch Hashem, we all returned from the mission healthy and in one piece! 

It is just luck that Operation Protective Edge broke out during our mandatory IDF service; but we feel privileged that we were given the opportunity to actively defend our homeland. 

You should also feel priviledged for the opportunity to actively defend our homeland  -- your Torah study and prayers are what is protecting us here on the front lines. Continue to studying well and praying for the IDF's continued success!

Your friends on the front lines,
Aviad, Moshe, Dor, David, Eli, Matanel 
and all the other yeshiva boys and soldiers!"

Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg (46) and Sgt. Adar Barsano (20) were the 2nd and 3rd IDF soldiers to fall in Operation Protective Edge. 
Read the Jerusalem Post profiles of the 29 soldiers killed in action since the operation began.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A YBA Hesder student from Yeshivat Hakotel was killed today in combat in Gaza. 

אביתר תורגמן

Evyatar Turgeman (21), from Beit Shean. was a graduate of YBA Beit Shean and in his third year of Hesder, serving in the Paratrooper Brigade.

His funeral will be held at 10:30 pm tonight at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.

Baruch Dayan Emet.


During a break between missions in Gaza, our troops were treated to a few hours of R&R back at the staging area on Israel's side of the border.

A group of Breslav Hasidim showed up to try to inspire the soldiers with song and dance; but when there van's loudspeaker broke down the Hesder soldiers took over.

See the video of what happened next. This is a fine example of how our Hesder boys demonstrate their motivation and Jewish identity, thereby raising the morale of their comrades in arms.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Elad Horowitz, from Rosh Ha'ayin, was seriously injured in a firefight between his IDF unit and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza. 

After graduating high school from YBA Nachlat Yitzchak, Nechalim, Elad enrolled in the five-year Hesder program at YBA Yeshivat Hesder Akko. 

Elad was struck by a bullet in the jaw in combat during the first day of the ground invasion of Gaza. While doctors have stabilized his condition with initial operations so that his life is no longer in danger, Elad lost the sight of one eye and will have to endure numerous operations to rebuild his jaw and many months of painful rehabilitation. 

Supporters of YBA are asked to include Elad Moshe ben Itiel in their prayers for a full recovery.


More than 400 students studying at the nine Hesder Yeshivot in the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network are currently serving their country in Operation Protective Edge. 

IDF soldiers on Gaza border (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Most of these scholar-soldiers are engaged in active combat against the Hamas in Gaza, in the Golani, Givati and Paratrooper Brigades, as well as the Tank and Artillery Corps.

Hesder is a 5-year program which combines Torah learning with active military service in the IDF. A large portion of YBA students choose to enroll in these yeshivot following graduation high school, as a fulfillment of the Bnei Akiva ideals of "Torah Ve'Avodah" - leading a Torah-infused life while being a productive citizen of Israeli society.

The nine YBA Hesder Yeshivot are:

  • Yeshivat Hesder Akko, Akko
  • Yeshivat Hesder Hagolan, Hispin
  • Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel, Jerusalem
  • Yeshivat Hesdder Holon, Holon
  • Yeshivat Maalot Yaakov, Maalot
  • Yeshivat Hesder Neve Dekalim, Ashdod
  • Yeshivat Hesder Or Etzion, Merkaz Shapira
  • Yeshivat Hesder Shadmot Neria, Shadmot Mechola
See map of YBA Hesder Yeshivot