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In Thousands of Israeli Homes, Wives Await Return of Reservist Husbands

When asked if she feels safe living in Haifa, far away from Gaza and it’s rockets, Elisheva says, quite simply, "no place is safe."
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Since late Thursday night thousands of Israeli reservists have had to say good-bye to their families and answer the call of duty, as ground troops begin mobilizing for Operation Pillar of Defense.

Moriah Helman, 28, and her husband of 6 years Eliyahu, also 28, live with their three children in Talmon, a community northwest of Jerusalem and Ramallah. Eliyahu received his call on Friday morning as Moriah awoke to care for their youngest child, born one month ago.

“Eliyahu was instructed to pack a bag immediately and report to an undisclosed meeting point in a city close to his home. From there, he and his fellow reservists would be taken by bus to receive their equipment and then would be sent on to their destination. Once there, they would undergo a short training session before receiving their order, “ Moriah told Tazpit News Agency.

“Its mostly stressful, frightening” Moriah explains. “If G-d forbid something happens… But there’s no alternative…even with a baby at home and there’s work and life, this is what needs to be done.” The Helman’s oldest child, age five, seems to understand what is going on.

“He’s very proud of his father, and considers him a hero off to save the country and fight the bad guys. He’s seen his father off to the reserves a few times, and every time his dad leaves, his dad comes home. He doesn’t realize that things are different this time around, more dangerous” Moriah points out. ‘There was no way I could tell [Eliyahu] to stay home! says Moriah.

When asked her opinion on the current situation in the south, Moriah doesn’t miss a beat. “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” she asks, quoting Hillel from the Pirkei Avot.

Maayan Dvorkin-Rynar, 25, also sent her husband off to the reserves, but living within 23 kilometers of Gaza, her routine has been punctuated by rocket attacks for months. Maayan and her husband Harel, 27, live in Kibbutz Massuot Yitzchak. According to Maayan it was clear that Harel would be called.

“Harel serves in a special unit, and is called to reserves at least once a month. Though accustomed to his being called away often, it is still upsetting not having him around. I have my family here on the kibbutz with me, so I have support, but it’s not fun being here alone.”

Because Kibbutz Massuot Yitzchak is in close proximity to Qiryat Malachi, Ashdod and Ashquelon, three cities which have bombarded by rockets since Wednesday, Maayan and her family have been living between sirens and booms. “We do what we can to continue living life as we know it,” she explains.

“I trust Harel that he’ll do his best and I hope that Israel’s operation in Gaza will lead to a significant outcome for the future, one where will no longer have to live under a state of living under constant threat of rocket fire. And Am Yisrael Chai!”

In Haifa, Elisheva’s husband, Avinoam has also been called. When asked if she feels safe living in Haifa, far away from Gaza and it’s rockets, Elisheva says, quite simply, “no place is safe. The south, Tel Aviv, up north, Hashmonaim…no place is safe. We’ll continue living life as we did two days ago…There’s not much I can do.”

Avinoam’s brother-in-law, Ze’ev, serving in the same unit, was also called into the reserves early Friday morning, much to his surprise. “I got the call at 6:45 AM,” he said. Since his release from compulsory service three years ago, this will be his first time serving in the reserves.

His wife Rikki came home from the gym to find her husband packing his bag. “I was pretty emotional, but I tried not to show it, I wanted to stay strong,” she explains. She is comforted by the fact that her husband and brother were called into the same place, and knows that “even if its hard and emotional, he’s doing what he needs to be doing. We’ll pray.” Even though it was difficult to see her husband off, Rikki believes in what he’s been sent to do.

“We believe in our country, this is what out our husbands have got to do to keep us safe.”

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9 Responses to “In Thousands of Israeli Homes, Wives Await Return of Reservist Husbands”

  1. J Dale Debber says:

    And husbands and children await their wives and mothers who are reservists!

  2. Chaiya Eitan says:

    We are proud of all of them! Do what has to be done….and come home safe and sound! We are praying for you!

  3. Reginald Uka says:

    If these ”Palestinians” are Jews forcibly converted into Islam,why are these Jews who you claimed to be ”Palestinians”,who were forcefully converted into Islam turned into suicide terrorists,as human bombs,exploding in the shopping malls,restaurants,buses, and launching rockets into to the midst of their own people,who are Jews like theselves as you claimed on behalf of Islam. If these ”Palestinians” are Jews certainly they would not be shooting rockets into Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and killing Jews. This makes no sense. I can conclude that you are here doing a propaganda. You are a leftist,deceived,deluded and I think you should be ashamed of yourself.

  4. Reginald Uka says:

    Your broadcast is fraudulent,;lies, deceptions, propaganda made by enemy within in solidarity with the external enemies of Israel, Islam. You are an enemy within the heart of Israel, and surely the God of Israel knows His enemies both within and without. You questionning of PM Benjamin Nathanyahu as to being true son of Israel is stupid and nonsense,he is a patriot son of Israel. But for you am not sure who you are really. An enemy within? Perhaps! There were no people ever known with culture,history,acheological excavation known as ”Plaestinians” until after 1967, when seven Arab nations that invaded Israel were defeated militarily by little reborn Jewish state Israel. And as a tactics for having lost war, the Arab then invented ”Palestinians” as a people who Israel stole their land. Also before the rebirth of Israel in 1948, both Egypt and Trans-Jordan occupied the Biblical land of Israel Samaria or Gaza as a recent renamimg of Samaria, and Judea or West Bank also renamed by the thieves to take away Jewish name and make it Arab. Why did Egypt and Trans-Jordan not create ”Palestinian” state for ”Palestinians” when they were occupying the Biblical land of the Jews? Can you answer that Miss Doreen Ellen Bell- Dotan? Please take a moment and watch this proper video,which is fact and correct than your lies and inuendoes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=E63AKJpa1Tk&NR=1

  5. Reginald Uka says:

    For you Miss Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan here is another video to help debunk your claim that the ”Palestinian” are Jews. If they are Jews they would not be killing Jews with suicide terrorism,rockets,missiles, and drive by shooting Your broadcast is stupid and malicious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_3A6_qSBBQ

  6. Our prayers are with you for the safety of the young men and women who go out in service to their country. As we prepare for war, we also continue to pray for peace.

  7. Prayers and hope, and faith in the ALMYTY, that IS ALL THAT WIFES MOTHERS, SISTERS AND CHILDREN , GRAND MOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS.
    Can do. They have already numrous times endured these same situations.
    and fougth as well because men and woman take arms to defend our lives.
    and our country.Nobody will do it for us On the contrary whern our enemies are loosing the "rightiest world" wiill haste to condemn us and impose a cease.
    fire A pause for the terrorist to rearm and start all over again.

  8. Marian Bergsma says:

    May G D protect them and bring them home safely. X

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