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Michael Levin: An Israeli (Lone Soldier) Hero

Michael Levin, fallen lone soldier, inspiration to so many

Michael Levin, fallen lone soldier, inspiration to so many
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In July 2006, a sequence of events led to the capture of two IDF soldiers by Hezbollah militants, and eventually to the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War. Across Israel, young men and women prepared to defend their country and enter into Lebanon.

Thousands of miles away, in Pennsylvania, Michael Levin was also preparing for the war.

After making Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2002, Michael Levin proudly joined the IDF as a lone soldier. With his family living outside of Israel, he overcame linguistic and cultural barriers to follow his dream and serve as a paratrooper.

“He knew at a very young age what he wanted to do,” says Harriet Levin, Michael’s mother. “He knew he wanted to come to Israel, and he knew he wanted to join the army.”

Michael Levin

As the events leading up to the war played out on television and radio, Michael followed them closely from the United States during his short leave from active duty. He called his friends in Israel every day to check up on them and learn more about their situation. Eventually, Michael cut his trip short and boarded a plane to join his unit in Israel. Upon arrival, Michael entered Lebanon with his unit. As they infiltrated the village of Ayta al-Shaab, the soldiers encountered a heavy firefight. During an extended exchange with enemy forces, Michael and two other soldiers fell in battle. He was only 21 years old when he died.

According to his friends and family, Michael had a positive outlook on life and a special ability to make others happy. “He was an extremely funny guy, always smiling,” recalls Nadav Bello, Michael’s friend from the army.

Michael Levin
We will always remember Michael for his courage and bravery, and for the ultimate sacrifice he made for the land he called home. His inspirational story is known worldwide, and people across the globe have followed in his footsteps to join the IDF. Today, the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin works year-round to aid lone soldiers in his honor.

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12 Responses to “Michael Levin: An Israeli (Lone Soldier) Hero”

  1. Now that is a true beautiful human being and man !
    God Bless him and his family

  2. Now that is a true beautiful human being and man !
    God Bless him and his family

  3. After watching the movie about Michael Levin last week, I believe he is a true hero! And his parents too! May they be blessed!

  4. My sympathy to Michael’s parent’s and family. That’s the price to pay for living with neighbors born with no love for themselves not talk of love for another person. There were never train to love but to kill.May Michael soul rest in peace. AMEN!

  5. May Hashem remember his good deeds and bless his family. Amen

  6. Arlene Frash says:

    What a wonderful true story. Blessings to those in his family.

  7. Sandy Benet says:

    His mother is a very strong lady to talk about her son may God give her strong to go on

  8. I remember Mikey’s funeral on the solemn day of tisha b’av, the ninth day of Av when Jews mourn the destruction of the two holy temples. On that day we had another reason to mourn….the loss of a young brave hero among many others.
    There seemed to he several hundred people at the graveside burial. This was contrary to my assumption as Mikey was a “Lone Soldier” with out family in Israel. I later heard that a car had driven through some Jerusalem neighborhoods anouncing the funeral of Mikey, a “Lone Soldier”. Hundreds whom did not know Mikey felt the imperitave to pay respects. Mi keamcha yisrael…..

  9. Lee Friedman says:

    If the original post can’t provide informative detail in the headline, it would help if the post provided a synopsis of what is said in it.

  10. An inspiring life story with a tragic ending.

  11. Lucy Shine says:

    Having lost 2 people very close to me in 2 wars my heart bleeds for the family. He sits at the right hand of God……be proud of him and his sacrifice!

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