“As powerful as an NCSY Shabbaton can be,” he started, “it can’t compare with what happened in there.” (“In there,” of course, referred to Gaza, which was only yards away.) He told how his unit captured a house in Gaza. Each person was assigned a different location. One soldier, a friend of his, was instructed to sandbag a window.
They needed a break. Out of school, under missile fire, our Makom BaLev members in Kiryat Gat needed to get away from it all. So we brought 55 girls from Kiryat Gat to Jerusalem for a breather
I just got off the phone with Rabbi Asaf Azriel, the rabbi of the Kfir Battalion. On Wednesday they had a gathering of the chativa, the battalion, to which he is assigned. The commander of the chativa, Itai, spoke to the men about the operation, giving directions, instructions. What to do, what not to do. Training is over and everything they learned now goes into practice. This is the live thing, the real thing. There are no fake bullets. It is dangerous. We have to stay alert.