Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Funeral of Ronen Lubarsky, who was critically injured during an operation near Ramallah, Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, May 27, 2018.

{From Forest Rain’s Facebook entry commenting on Varda Meyers Epstein’s moving piece on Ronen Lubarsky, (HY”D)}

This story has upset me in ways I don’t even have the words to explain.


All our soldiers are precious, every life matters but sometimes you get a glimpse into a life and see a quality of character that is rich in everything we value most – kindness, decency, willingness to work hard and do for others, hope.

The little I have seen of the Lubarsky family has been in this time of sorrow – after Ronen’s murder – and what I see is people who, if we had more like them, our society, our world would be a better place. This makes Ronen’s death all the more tragic.

In addition is the nagging thought that the terrorist who smashed his head open would not have dared to do so had our army been allowed to instill the fear of God in the enemy population. The lack of deterrence facilitates ever-increasing violence, the fear of what will be said about us in international forums is putting our safety at risk at home.


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Forest Rain Marcia 'made aliyah', immigrated with her family to Israel at the age of thirteen. Her blog, 'Inspiration from Zion' is a leading blog on Israel. She is the Content and Marketing Specialist for the Israel Forever Foundation and is a Marketing Communications and Branding expert writing for hi-tech companies for a living-- and Israel for the soul.