With His Dream on the Line

An Israeli soldier faces a moral dilemma that threatens his dream of getting into an elite combat unit.

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Comments (33)

(31) baruch levin, April 13, 2017 9:36 AM

Great,I cried from the overwhelming greatness of both the soldier and his office

(30) Anonymous, March 15, 2017 2:38 AM

Amazing Video!

Amazing Video!

(29) Yossel, February 22, 2017 11:43 PM



(28) samuel, February 22, 2017 11:27 AM

amazing story

I was so moved by the story ' A Hug from Heaven', and l even cried. Truely God listens

(27) Anonymous, January 24, 2017 1:29 AM



(26) Sharon, January 22, 2017 8:42 PM

Nice story, but...

To my knowledge, a commander is not allowed to deny a soldier the opportunity to pray. Something is wrong with the facts here. And it's unlikely that the soldier would be the only religious soldier in that predicament. The prestigious combat units usually will have some religious soldiers, and the commander is aware of his obligation to give time to pray, provided that it's only an exercise and not a life and death situation.

(25) glenda LaFont, January 15, 2017 4:33 PM

I enjoyed this video. It was beautiful and forceful.

(24) shilvib puri, January 9, 2017 4:42 AM

RIGHT !!!!!!!


(23) Sassy Reuven, January 6, 2017 6:11 PM

Barrett color

Great story but Shayetet 13 Barrett's color is Navy Blue

(22) Anonymous, January 3, 2017 9:46 AM

this is truly the reason our people have survived

(21) Anonymous, January 3, 2017 3:42 AM


Really beautiful and inspiring! I keep watching and rewatching this film to hold onto its message! This soldier gives the courage to others to keep strong to their values! Kudos to this soldier! G-d is very proud of you!
Thank you!

(20) Hinda, January 3, 2017 12:53 AM


i rly enjoyed this and the amazing message.
PLS can we have more of Rav Gav!

(19) Joseph, January 2, 2017 8:24 PM

Wonderful message to follow conscience

There is a movie out now about Desmond Doss who won the Medal of Honor, yet refused to carry a gun. He saved many lives while remaining true to his deeply held beliefs.

(18) Anonymous, January 2, 2017 5:54 PM


your delivery of the story was exceptional
you have a real gift-use it in good health
it would be my privilege to hear you speak at length once I have made aliyah later this year

be well shalom

(17) Anonymous, January 2, 2017 5:17 AM

So important for kids to hear this message

I look forward to sharing this clip with my children. I think that it plants an amazing Jewish value in their impressionable minds.

(16) Yosef Romano, January 2, 2017 3:32 AM

Re Connie

HI. I think that you should remember that this was only a test, not a real life mission that could endanger anyone. The Tora mandates that in a life threatening situation, a man should not and cannot don his tefilin. The message in this story is of course the strength of character that shone through. A willed person can help more than a person who doesn't have any morals.

(15) Heshie, January 2, 2017 2:14 AM

This was not a operation or mission this was a training class. Who did he put in danger?

(14) Joseph Berson, January 2, 2017 2:06 AM

A message for all humanity.


(13) Barbara, January 1, 2017 10:28 PM

Tests take Many Forms

Thanks for the reminder that the combat troops of Israel have been raised to understand there is no conflict between the ways we've been raised and the demands ultimately placed upon ourselves.

(12) Bruce Rubenstein, January 1, 2017 10:18 PM

great story

when you are being chased by an enemy whose every intent is to kill you, you cannot stop running or fighting to put on tefflin.

Yehuda Meir Lipson, October 11, 2018 8:53 PM

"V'chai bahem"

"And live by them". The halacha interprets this phrase to mean that if doing a mitzva at a particular time would get you killed, or even just put you in a life-endangering situation, you are exempt from performing it.

(11) Gerald Smith, January 1, 2017 8:37 PM

Officer material

seconds count when you are facing an enemy and I wonder what would he do if under enemy fire. Please enemy stop killing my comrades and me so I can put on my telfilim. !!!! puts on tefillim and gets killed, end of story.

Anonymous, October 11, 2018 8:54 PM

"V'chai bahem"

"And live by them". The halacha interprets this phrase to mean that if doing a mitzva at a particular time would get you killed, or even just put you in a life-endangering situation, you are exempt from performing it.

(10) Elizabeth Button, January 1, 2017 8:20 PM

Putting you beliefs first

What a wonderful young man. Put G-d first and all else will fall in line.

(9) Yaffa Naomi, January 1, 2017 7:54 PM

New Year's Resolution

Shalom Rabbi Gavriel,
Wisdom is used for this story to be a New Year's Resolution-----
Always put Hashem as your 1st priority in all things !

(8) Jerry davis, January 1, 2017 7:38 PM

EXCELLENT---good thinking that is worth everything --I wish I was younger --

(7) Inbar, January 1, 2017 5:12 PM

Baruch Hashem we have soldiers like this man

With a commander who has such clarity on what is really important, and soldiers willing to give everything they dreamt about for what really matters most, we will b''H change this world for the better.

(6) Adina, January 1, 2017 4:39 PM

With His Dream on the Line

Such a powerful story! I had tears in my eyes as I watched it. Rabbi Friedman, keep up the great work!

(5) Jeff Margolis, January 1, 2017 4:27 PM

Thank you for this inspirational story.

(4) Jack, January 1, 2017 4:15 PM


A wonderful message for all people. Reminds me of the sacrifice asked of Abraham. Jack

(3) Anonymous, January 1, 2017 4:12 PM

Amazing. So well done and poignant. BTW - translation of מפקד is commander. Thank you so much!

(2) Anonymous, January 1, 2017 4:07 PM

wonderful story! Does this story appear in writing on your site, or anywhere?

(1) Milcah, January 1, 2017 3:35 PM


Absolutely beautiful. Thank you


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