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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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The Antidote to Meah She’arim

The Antidote to Meah She'arim

Photo Credit: Cpl. Omri Samson, IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF’s Golani Brigade concluded their beret march last week. That’s your basic training hike to nowhere that tests every part of your body.

Here’s an image of a guy in a “helmet yarmulke” at the end of the murderous hike. He looks happy. Happiness on such occasions can be contagious.

We need more guys in big yarmulkes who can crack a huge smile after walking a couple dozen miles. Everybody is talking about how good it would be for Haredi youngsters if they enlist in the IDF. Few people are aware of how amazing it would be for the IDF, to suddenly live side by side with thousands of guys who don’t curse, don’t chase women, thank God every time they eat.

Personally, I can’t wait for the transformation.

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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