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.

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


Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

Thanks Ruti! And don't forget *our* new friend Jason (sorry I didn't get your last name, guy) who arrived wearing a KC Chiefs hat. I told him that he has a home at our house...

I hope he reads this.

Baila said...

These kids are so inspiring. May they and all our soldiers stay safe as they defend our country.

Shalomis said...

Hats off to our upright soldiers! I'm so proud of and grateful to them all (especially my dear nephew, Aryeh). For those of us who don't wear a uniform, we also are soldiers...our mitzvahs, prayers and yiras shamayim, our ahavas yisrael and lashon hatov...these are our greatest weapons and protection. May Hashem accept them and favor us. May Hashem always be with our brave Jewish chayalim!

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this video. Seeing such a beautiful, young man willingly involving himself in his nations fight is admirable, and touching. May we know peaceful times soon, so such youth and innocence can best be used for creative ends, and not solely for defensive purposes.

Unknown said...

Hiya Ruti,
I too was there to welcome my sister and her family.

Anonymous said...

*dabbing at the eyes* this was a lovely tribute. and really? just so very important! well done, lady! well done, indeed!

found this link through kehila and am so glad that i did !:)

Lady-Light said...

Very moving. I've seen Defiance twice, and am planning to buy the DVD.

Kol hakavod to Elan and all his fellow chayalim. He is continuing the legacy of his grandfather, and due to people such as he, Am Yisrael Chai!

My youngest daughter, too, was a lone soldier. She was just discharged from active duty, as a Commander in Handassah Kravit.
I am very proud of her.

p.s. -saw this post on The Kehila Carnival.

Ruth said...

This young man reminds me of my baby cousin, both his guf and his neshama. I am so proud of him and all of the young men and women who are there in Eretz Yisroel fighting on behalf of all of klal yisroel. Words can never convey what I feel in my heart for them. Hashem should keep them safe so that they may continue to pave the way for the final redemption. May we all merit to see the coming of Moshiach speedily in our lifetimes. Thank you to Ruti for this spectacular blog and post!!!!