15-20 days out of every year, I'm called up to the Israeli army to do my reserve duty. I serve as a paramedic in an IDF paratrooper unit. My squad is made up of others like me; people living normal lives who step up to serve whenever responsibility calls. The oldest in my squad is 58, a father of four girls and grandfather of two; there are two bankers, one engineer, a holistic healer, and my 24 year old commander who is still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Most of the year we are just normal people living our lives, but for 15-20 days each year we are soldiers on the front lines preparing for a war that we hope we never have to fight.
It’s May 8, 2011 and today is Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day. A siren sounded over all of Israel, and the state came to stillness. Cars and people stopped everywhere for a few minutes to remember the soldiers who fought and died for this land. I stood on the balcony of my apartment, and […]
Why don’t you see this in the news? “With Great Pride” January 17, 2010 by Arlene Kushner (Israel Journalist) I call it positive. Incredibly so. Not happy — in fact, unspeakably painful. But a Kiddush HaShem: a blessing on G-d’s name. In the midst of the overwhelming death and destruction that is Haiti right now, […]