World's First Rocket-Proof Torah Study Hall Dedicated in Sderot

Jan. 05, 2009

Source: Israel National News


The world's first Kassam-proof Beit Midrash (Torah study hall) was dedicated recently, in the presence of dozens of rabbis, students, parents and guests of the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot.


The Yeshiva, founded in Sderot 15 years ago, serves over 500 students who combine advanced Talmudic studies with military service in the Israel Defense Forces. The roof of the Beit Medrash is made of 40 centimeters of poured cement to withstand a direct rocket hit. In addition, its windows are bullet- and shrapnel-proof, to protect the students. Sderot has been bombarded by thousands of rockets fired from Gaza over the last eight years.


The dedication was attended by a striking array of rabbis and public figures from Israel and the United States. Among them were Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, former Chief Rabbi and Rishon LeTzion Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, and Chief IDF Rabbi Avi Rontzky. Many parents of the yeshiva students from around the country took part as well.

Updated: Feb. 11, 2009