For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Never Really a Lone Soldier - Fulfilling a Dream
Times of Israel..
10 September '12..
Arya, a lone soldier in the IDF, grew up knowing that ‘Israel was a special and important place.’ Even as a young teen, Arya knew that just knowing about Israel wasn’t enough. The 26 year-old native of Encino, California, grew up in a family with deeply Zionistic roots, which imbued him with strong feelings for Israel from the time he was very small. By the time Arya was 14, he knew that he was going to one day make Aliyah and join the IDF. If Israelis were defending Israel, then he, as a Jew, should be doing so as well. And he did exactly that.
Maya Liss, originally from L.A., wanted to dedicate her life to advocating for Israel and the Jewish people. “I felt that in order truly advocate for Israel,” said Maya, now 24, “I had to be Israeli. And I can’t think of a better way to start my life as an Israeli than to serve in the IDF.”
Nadav Weinberg, 26, observed the difficult events of the second Intifada from Shaker Heights, Ohio. Then just sixteen, he had Israeli cousins fighting in combat units. “It didn’t feel right that my cousins were serving yet, because I happened to be from the U.S., I wouldn’t be obligated to serve my people when I came of age.”
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"