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Published August 8, 2013

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Ro’i

Published August 8, 2013

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.

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Kiryat Gat Girls Take a Break

Published August 8, 2013

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

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Keeping the door open

Published August 8, 2013

“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.

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It took a gaggle of giggling grade 10 girls to prove, yet again, that Israel’s strength lies in its twin trusts.

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“Welcome. Hashem is With You” reads a spray-painted wooden sign posted at the entrance to the army base at Gaza’s southernmost tip.

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A Letter is Worth…

Published August 8, 2013

“At one base, a jeep drove up and a soldier said he couldn’t believe we were there. He told his commanding officer and the officer couldn’t believe it either. He had to see it with his own eyes. He asked if we could come to his outpost after and give out mishloach manot to his friends,” explained Stan Hillelsohn, chairman of the OU Israel Commission. “It was supposed to be an early day because we had only arrived in Israel that morning, but we went over there and the soldiers were singing and dancing.”

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