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Special Prayers Today at the Kotel

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

A special prayer session will be held at the Kotel on Sunday at 3:30 PM.

After a meeting on Thursday between Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rav Ovadia Yosef, it was decided that a special public prayer session will be held to pray for strengthening the citizens of Israel’s south and the IDF soldiers.

Rav Amar said, “I call upon the people of Israel from all ends of the religious spectrum to cry and pray for mercy in light of the difficult events that has befallen us in recent times. Am Israel Chai, and our success depends on unity and faith. I send a blessing of healing to all the wounded, and my condolences to the families of the victims, our duties at this time to strengthen the residents of the South and our hero soldiers with our prayers.”

Three Injured in Eshkol Strike

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

At just after 2PM, two IDF soldiers were moderately wounded and one soldier was lightly wounded from a rocket that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. The two soldiers were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva for treatment. Notification was given to their families.

IDF Responds to Mortar Shell in Golan Heights

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

TAZPIT NEWS AGENCY–A short while ago, a mortar shell hit an IDF post in the Golan Heights adjacent to the Israel- Syria border, as part of the internal conflict inside Syria. No damage or injuries have been reported.

In response, IDF soldiers fired warning shots towards Syrian areas.

The IDF has filed a complaint through the UN forces operating in the area, stating that fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity.

Jeep Soldiers in Serious Condition – Undergoing Surgeries

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Two of  the four IDF soldiers injured in Saturday evening’s attack are currently being treated in  Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva. The two less seriously injured soldiers are being treated at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. They arrived at the hospital at 6 PM.

Dr. Miki Sharaf, head of Soroka Hospital reports that one of the soldiers is in very serious condition, two are in serious condition, and one is lightly inured.

The very seriously injured soldier has head injuries, as well as serious injuries to his eyes. He is undergoing operations that are expected to last through the night. They are currently trying to stabilize him.

One of the seriously injured soldier also has injuries to his eyes and shoulder. Both were injured by shrapnel from the strike.

It’s suspected that their jeep was hit by a Kornet anti-tank missile.

For inclusion in your prayers, the name of one of the injured soldiers is Yehuda Parsi Ben Chana.

 

Is it the Army Uniform or the Jews in them?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

In this post and others I have uploaded, you can see IDF soldiers visiting the Temple Mount.

Forget for a moment its sacred status for Jews.  It is an historical and cultural site of supreme importance. Americans go to Washington to see the Monument in the Mall, Frenchmen look up at the Eiffel Tower and the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier, etc.

So, is the Waqf upset that IDF soldiers in uniform enter the Temple Mount or that they are Jewish or represent the army of the state of Israel?

Here’s a picture of Turkish soldiers on the Mount before World War I:

So, it must be the religion?

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Checkpoints American Style

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Here are U.S. soldiers and Afghan policemen conducting Operation Clean Sweep in Kandahar City in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, Oct. 3, 2012.

It’s the only surefire method against a relentless army of terrorists who come in looking a whole lot like innocent civilians and end up blowing up people and things.

You have to stop every car, including this magnificent three-wheeler masquerading as some kind of exotic shrine. You have to question, you have to search, you have to examine papers. It’s a nasty chore, which victimizes the majority of the folks who do not make it a habit to blow up people and things.

There’s no other certain way to stop terrorists. It’s always civilian inconvenience on one side, versus civilian death and mayhem on the other side.

IDF soldiers have been doing it for decades, with increasing efficiency. The Arab civilians they search are rightfully angry. It’s no fun to be checked thoroughly by soldiers on the way to and from work, the supermarket, a soccer game, a night out with friends. But there’s no way to make it easier. Making it easier means someone will be killed on the other side. Not as a possibility, but as a certainty.

The U.S. soldiers are doing as good a job in Afghanistan, checking the irate civilians, as do the IDF soldiers. But there’s a huge difference on one count: come 2014, the Americans will go home, leaving the Afghanis to do the job.

It was amazing to watch Vice President Joe Biden actually saying that our soldiers will be ably replaced by the Afghani soldiers they trained. He said it without cracking one of those huge, toothy smiles he’d been flashing all night. He said it like it was a truth.

It’s not, of course. Some Afghani soldiers will probably try to keep it up for a few months, but soon enough the balance of political power will shift and they’ll sell their uniform to the nearest used military supply store, along with their government issue weapon and go home. And bombs will start blowing up people and things as they have done before, as they do everywhere else in the Muslim world, where madness is being celebrated as a form of religious devotion.

Over in Israel, IDF men and women will just keep perfecting the job they’re doing searching for mad Arabs with blood lust in their hearts. Because, unlike those fine U.S. soldiers, our IDF checkpoint attendants have nowhere else to go.

Combat IDF Sergeant’s Team Finishes Second at World Bridge Championship

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

A combat soldier in the Kfir Infantry Brigade, Sgt. Lee Rosenthal, is also one of the best bridge players worldwide. Just last week the Israeli bridge team placed second in the world bridge championship for competitors under the age 21 held in Taicang, China a week ago. The skillful players overcame teams from China, Italy and dozens of other countries, defeated only by the Dutch team by a single point. Among the team members are two IDF soldiers, completing their full service.

“We were extremely proud of our achievement,” said Sgt. Rosenthal to the IDF Website after winning in the world championship of one of the most popular card games. “This was my first world championship, and I hope to participate again in the next competition that will be held in two years.”

Upon enlisting in the IDF, Sgt. Rosenthal was offered a special course in the army especially designed for outstanding athletes. The course combines the fulfilling military service without sacrificing the athlete’s skills and potential, ensuring they will be able to continue training. In spite of the tempting offer, Sgt. Rosenthal chose to serve in an infantry unit. “The moment I put on the uniform I knew I wanted to be a combat soldier,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being the kind of person who forgoes an opportunity to gives his maximum. I enlisted to the Kfirm Infantry Brigade even though I knew it might affect my game.”

About a year ago, Sgt. Rosenthal understood that he cannot give up the game and decided to recruit a fellow bridge enthusiast and IDF soldiers who serves in the C4I or Teleprocessing Corps. “I called him up, he thought I was crazy. He said that we are both serving in serious, demanding positions that make training at a national level virtually impossible,” he explained. Though the two did not give up, “Instead of going to sleep we would train individually and would volunteer to stay on base on weekends so that we would be allowed to leave for competitions. I would sleep less than four hours a night and continue training,” added Sgt. Rosenthal.

The effort was definitely worth it, as both dedicated soldiers made it to the national Israeli bridge team. Many of their fellow combat soldiers were surprised to hear of their success, “Most people think bridge is a game only elderly women play, though this isn’t true at all. This sport is extremely popular among Israeli youth,” he said. Sgt. Rosenthal’s commanders and fellow soldiers are proud of the gifted card player.

Sgt. Rosenthal leads a double life, completing a meaningful military service as a combat soldier as well as playing a competitive sport at an international level. “I believe that if you want something and are willing to put in the effort, you can succeed. You must know that you will have to sacrifice things,” he stressed, “but it is definitely possible and worth it. To me this brings both personal and national pride.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/combat-idf-sergeants-team-finishes-second-at-world-bridge-championship/2012/08/12/

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