Mashiv HaRuach – Soldiers

Miriam Peretz – Mashiv HaRuach Video

Published October 29, 2014

The Mashiv HaRuach program annually reaches about 16,000 soldiers and pre-army students at the end of high school. They come to Mashiv HaRuach for a variety of seminars, workshops and tiyulim. The goal is to instill in current and future soldiers a love of the land and pride in defending its borders. Mashiv HaRuach is dedicated to the…

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Support for the soldiers involved in Operation Brother’s Keeper is coming in from all over Israel and around the world. A significant grant earmarked for soldiers serving in the Hevron area was made by the OU in New York.

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Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) in Israel is the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day). This year it begins at sundown on Sunday May 4. This is the day when the entire country pauses to remember those who died defending the country and in terrorist attacks.

The main memorial ceremony is at Mt. Herzl in Yerushalyaim. 12 torches are lit at the end of the day. This year all of those lighting torches are women. This includes Miriam Peretz, an educator and mother of six who lost two sons in combat. OU Israel’s Mashiv HaRuach (Return the Spirit) program for soldiers is a spiritual memorial to her sons.

Miriam Peretz talks frankly about her sons, her beliefs, heroism and leadership.

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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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Behind the Beard, Without the Kippa

Published August 8, 2013

On a clear day in Gush Etzion, you can see for miles. And if you know the history of the region, you can feel its spirit in your bones. You drive along the highway, pass the different yishuvim, point out Yeshivat Har Etzion, fall silent where hundreds fell in the War of Independence and you hear the place crying out triumphantly, “Am Yisrael Chai.”

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