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Lone Soldier

You're never alone in Israel.

Published: March 27, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 27

(27) sarida perez, September 27, 2011 8:35 PM

idf

Todah, Mrs Lori Palatnik I was told by a dear friend to view your tape. My son Joshua is leaving next year to the IDF, after college. I could only think who will be there for him on shabbath, sukkots, our holy days--you said it all--thank you sometimes i wonder am i afraid of them leaving on their own or i am afraid of being alone. i have two jewish sons, the other wants to be a Rabbi, also live in Israel. shalom, sarida

(26) Anonymous, April 7, 2011 10:59 AM

Your story just touched me and all I knew was that as I listened, I cried. Its so lovely and touching to know that every soldier is embraced as a child who belongs. That sense of belonging is remarkable. I hope you realize how blessed you,your son and your family really are !

(25) travis scott perkins, April 4, 2011 9:55 PM

this is a wonderful video. i love watch lori almost live each week im 18 and converting to judasim from catholism. and this site is great and this blog has been a great help. keep up the good work and thank you:)

(24) Aliza, April 3, 2011 5:44 PM

never judge

This is another beautiful example of how we should never ever judge each other, because you just. never. know. Especially here in Israel. I am dati, and have experienced very (!) secular looking people saying "with God's help." I have been on a bus in Jerusalem, where a young woman in a tank top and mini skirt pulled a book out of her bag - and started saying tehillim. My *extremely* secular landlord took my around my apartment when I first moved in to show me which rooms required mezuzot ("No on de basroom"). Despite my headscarf ;) You just never know. And yes, your son will be well taken care of! :) Kol Hakavod to him for wanting to be here to serve.

(23) Anonymous, April 2, 2011 8:40 PM

Lone Soldier

Lori, You reminded me that my son was the first 'Chayal Boded". When he turned 18 years in 1977, he couldn't wait to travel to Israel to join the army....Golani, of course. He did not know Hebrew. It was a time when it was unusual for American boys to go to Israel just to join the army. He suffered terribly from fellow soldiers and his Commander all of whom did not understand why an American would come to Israel to join the army. It took an Israeli reporter to write about him to change the rules for "Chayal Boded". 11 years later his younger brother followed in his footsteps and his term of service was much different. He eventually made Aliyah.

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