Mi Meshugas!?

I belong to Battalion 96, of the Kfir Brigade, our name is Lavi. Last week was the first week of our basic training. My commander is a 21 year old, religious individual. He seems alright, but its obvious to me that he wants his group to outperform the others. So, I can expect that he’ll […]

Life in Kfir

For the last two weeks, I have been pulling grass from the ground. Shoveling holes, picking garbage out of…well…piles of more garbage, and even bursting a mainline water pipe or two. Basically, I’ve been really putting my college degree in political science to good use. Why? Mostly because not everyone drafts at the same time, […]

Religion in the IDF

The army is full of Orthodox Jewish men and women, both of whom carry weapons and undergo the same training and day to day life as any other soldier. A military day starts like this: You are up before the sun comes up, and those who want to pray are led away to a synagogue […]

Dream Come True

This week has been quite eventful, and I am very, very, happy. When I was 14 years old, I knew I wanted to be a soldier of the Israel Defense Forces. When I was 18 years old, I gave it more thought and research, and I knew I wanted to be part of Israel’s Kfir […]

Gibbush Tzanchanim

Gibbush: A test of psychological and physical endurance. I underwent a two day ordeal. Two days of drinking the entire contents of my canteen, at once, several times a day. Two days of psychological stress, constant uncertainty, and the feeling of maybe I bit off more than I can chew. If the most important thing […]