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The Hazards of Prayer

The Hazards of Prayer

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I’m looking at the picture of this IDF soldier davening Shmoneh esreh in the fields outside Gaza, and I’m thinking: what’s going on here? Was the tank there before he bowed (in the first or one-before-last) blessing? Is that what happened? And when he rises, all nice and ready to proceed with his communing with the Transcendental, is he going to bang his poor head into the cannon?

I mean, army life is rough enough without banging your head into tank cannons when you least expect it!

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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5 Responses to “The Hazards of Prayer”

  1. Billy Wells says:

    May the God of Abraham be with Israel in the person of Jesus Christ! Amen

  2. Billy, you are a racist troll, and you don't even realize it!

  3. Myriam Obadia says:

    Oh silly Yory, the tank's canon is at least 1 meter in front of his head. There is no way he's going to hit anything.

  4. Billy Wells says:

    I love you too, Kurt!

  5. Liad Bar-el says:

    How do you know that he's in the Shmoneh esreh section? He could very well have bent down on warning from his buddy tank operator to bend down because they are moving the cannon to the side. At any rate, it's a good picture.
    BTW, a Rabbi friend of mine who was in the Marines and who is now coming over here from America to visit, has a two camoufaged talitot, one for forest and one for desert. Maybe a white talit is better so that one doesn't get run over by a tank. :-)

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