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September 4, 2015 / 20 Elul, 5775
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IDF Snow

IDF Snow

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

The elite IDF Alpine Unit training in Mt. Hermon. The Alpine Unit is charged with protecting Mount Hermon region and the civilians who live there. The unit is comprised of reserve soldiers who were formerly part of other elite units and volunteered to serve in the snow. Consider it a Swiss vacation substitute.

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office

The unit takes part in clearing the snow paths to allow people to continue to operate under these difficult conditions.

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office

On warmer days, the Alpine Unit practices skiing, climbing, shooting, and rescue drills in snow covered regions.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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