Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"I think my grandfather would be proud."

Yom revi'i, 24 Av 5770.

  Yeshiva Bochur and friends greet new olim who plan to serve.  
Photo credit: Jacob Richman


Yesterday morning, 234 new olim from North America landed in Israel, with the help of Nefesh B'Nefesh.  Of those new immigrants, 85 have arrived with the intention of serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

In honor of them, and of our new IDF Paratrooper, I would like to share a short video. Thank you all for your service to our country.

The following introduction is from my friend and fellow blogger, Devra, who writes several blogs under the nickname Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach

If you haven't heard of the movie, Defiance, look it up and see it. Amazing true story of two brothers, the Bielskis. After the Nazis murder their parents and one brother they become partisans and, incidentally, save about 1200 Jews from the Nazis. The grandson of one of the Bielski brothers is now a chayal boded. This clip is an interview with him.
Defiance is an awesome flick.

                                                                                            Film produced by Friends of the IDF

"I think my grandfather would be proud."

Yeah, Elan.  We think so, too.

Some of our Baltimore heroes:

                                              Yaakov Abergel
                                              Ami Bennett
                                              Aryeh Eastman
                                              Josh Eastman
                                              Michoel Nathan
                                              Jeremy "Petey" Petersen
                                              Yehoshua "Josh" Reznick
                                              Aaron Dovid Schwartz
                                              Yaakov Tenenbaum
                                              Meir Verschleisser                                  Thanks, guys.


Glossary:
Olim: new Jewish immigrants to Israel
Chayal boded: "lone soldier" -- a soldier who serves in Israel while his parents live outside the country
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