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Israeli Pre Army Academies (Mechinot) are not Boot Camps!


Israeli Pre-Military Academies are not Boot-Camps.

In contrast to rigid environments such as bootcamp, where one meets strict demands and is under pressure, the Mechina is a relaxed yet structured environment.   The educational philosophy driving Mechinat Keshet Yehuda is that true development and growth require the desire to change.  This desire must originate from within the individual.  Forced change disappears once the enforcing environment is gone.

Mechinat Keshet Yehuda provides an environment for personal growth, but does not force it.  Of course there are ground rules, however the main factor in the growth of the Mechina student is his desire to take advantage of the fertile environment and advance change.  Those who take responsibility for their development upon their own shoulders see rapid change and create a new approach to life.

The student who is suitable for Mechina is one who is goal oriented and responsible.

To learn more about the program, visit the website at https://www.idfprep.org

Torah & Emunah are the Foundations to Your Success in the IDF and Beyond


Torah and Emunah are the Foundations of our Success.

There is a good reason that Mechina Graduates become the leading soldiers in the the IDF.  Beyond the physical training sessions and navigation skills acquired in Mechina there is a deeper root to success.

Dedication requires a solid will and strong faith in the righteousness of our mission.  The purpose of the Mechina is to expound upon the basic concepts of faith: G-d, the Nation of Israel, the Land of Israel and the interrelationships between them.  This is achieved through in depth learning in the spirit of Harav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook the first Chief Rabbi of Israel.  This learning develops a deep understanding of our mission as the Nation of Israel and provides the drive powering the brave, moral, and dedicated soldiers of the IDF   Mechina graduates know what they are defending and what they are fighting for.  A high percentage of Mechina graduates go on to be officers and achieve high rank in the army.

The feeling of responsibility to the Nation and the spirit of giving is apparent in in civilian life.

Mechina is not just a preparation for the army rather it is a preparation for life.

To learn more about the program, visit the website at https://www.idfprep.org

Why should you prepare for Israeli Military Service?
(For those planning IDF Service)


You may think that army preparation has to do with getting in good physical shape.  You are right but there is much more.  It’s true that you need to be in good shape before service in order to try out for good units.   But what about your mental shape when facing various challenges.  What about your spiritual level in the army.  The fact is that many young men fall in their religious observance at a time when keeping it up would be the greatest merit possible.  Many young men become discouraged by the tedious grinding schedule and environment.   Some even ask themselves “why did I decide to serve?”  A question like that may rise in the mind of a Mechina graduate in stressful situations but the answer will shoot right back and push him through even the hardest times.  Their faith, determination and will help to make Mechina graduates some of the best soldiers and to take on leadership roles in the army.  The percentage of Mechina graduates who become officers is much higher than in the non Mechina population.  According to research published in the military journal Ma’arachot 80 percent of religious preparatory program graduates join combat units, compared to 40 percent of all soldiers, and 20 to 25 percent become officers, compared to 7 to 9 percent of all soldiers.

Know who you are!  Know what you are a part of!  Know what you are fighting for!

You are a soul, an integral part of the Nation of Israel which is coming to life after 2000 years of national death.  You are joining the IDF in order to defend your nation and thus help along the revival of our nation in our land.  This advances the fulfillment of our role in the world of being a light to all the nations by representing ultimate morality and truth.

After spending a year or a year and a half preparing spiritually, mentally and physically chances are your service will look different to you.  Instead of spending 3 years (more or less) out of necessity  to do your service  like everyone else, it will turn into 3 years of choice in which you will be able to fulfill mitzvot and goals not possible to achieve in civilian life.  One of our graduates called me up and said he was the only religious guy in his unit and one of the only motivated people in his platoon.  The soldiers are now looking up to him.

In short preparation for your army service will help you achieve a good unit, enhance your ability to handle hardships and challenges and push you forward to serve as a excellent soldier and serve as a model to your fellow soldiers.

To learn more about the program, visit the website at https://www.idfprep.org