Post 228: What happens on and IDF base and an incredible story of the soldiers serving on just one base in Western Binyamin Choresh Yaron Base: Responsibility and Sensitivity out of hundreds in Israel. Learn for an hour in the coming week as a merit for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel The mission: Torah Shmirra Project: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IYnUJ3eh3lJTMAYrWdCmZHUKO0yKcx_YFHB4rnp0oaI/edit#gid=0 learning commitments for every hour next week (from Sunday 10/11 – Sunday 10/18) as a form of doing shmira (“standing guard”) with our brothers and sisters in Israel.-A Special message from Yehudis Golshevsky Please keep in mind Odel Banet, the young widow of Aharon Banet a”h, who was murdered on Hoshanah Rabbah this Sukkos in a stabbing attack in the Old City. http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/shlomzion-benet-family

Dear friends of Connections Israel,

We would like to share with you a typical learning experience that happens on and IDF base and an incredible story of the soldiers serving on just one base out of hundreds in Israel.

Choresh Yaron Base: Responsibility and Sensitivity

The Gottlich’s Tour of The Bar’am Unit’s Base – Hills of Western Binyamin

Assaf, the amazing commander in charge, arranged for the Gottlichs to visit one of the newest bases in the IDF, only a year and a half old, in the hills of Western Binyamin, named Choresh Yaron.

The facilities are new, but the stories are old. The security of the thousands of Jewish residents between Modi’in and Beit El are on the shoulders of 19 – 21 year olds, our prized IDF soldiers and their commanders. Yoav (21), the head of the platoon and a low ranking officer, is in charge of the lives of 25 soldiers under his command. As a reference, the Gottlich family noted that by the age of 21 most American youth are barely finishing their first degree in university and just becoming independent themselves, let alone being responsible for other’s lives.

The “Hottest” Region

Both Assaf and Yoav assured us that Western Binyamin is the most active area in the IDF today, not Gaza. There are terrorist activities, both actual and potential, every day. Although we did feel very safe on the base itself and Assaf even drove up with us on the road there, we quickly became aware of the utmost importance of IDF presence in key security locations across the country. Israel sends our soldiers to the front lines to protect our civilians, who are mostly unaware of all of the IDF’s activities in the region. Terrorist attacks are countered daily, and the soldiers have used their weapons on many occasions. Even so, the weapons are used sparingly, as I will depict below, due to the complexity of the region.

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Soldiers Cry Too

Yoav let us in on his life as a commander. His soldiers turn to him for guidance and for support. He is both their commander and their parent on base. The soldiers come to base for 2 – 3 weeks at a time and usually get leave 2.5 days for every 21 day period, and even then can be called back in the event of an escalation or an emergency. He recently let one of his soldiers go to his hometown of Holland to mourn with his family, who sustained a loss and he is the only child. There are soldiers who come to Yoav with all sorts of problems and when on base, in their remote location, he is the only one to turn to. Some of his soldiers come and cry to him and Yoav is careful to remain their commander, but show compassion and give them some positive words of support through their difficulties.

Weapons & Girls

The Bar’am unit is one of the few who hosts women warriors as part of the unit. They have separate quarters, but are equal soldiers of the unit with equal responsibility and rights.

The Sergeant on base also showed us different weapons, mainly personal rifles and grenade launchers, that they use on different occasions. Only one type of grenade is meant to kill, the rest are meant for deterrent and distraction. This ties into the political sensitivity to the area. The goal for using weapons is not to kill the enemy, rather deter them from committing an attack, and to preserve security and stability in the region.

The Gottlich family took their share of photos, and enjoyed light refreshments on a hot morning in one of the most active areas in the IDF today. We had the privilege of meeting some of Israel’s finest men and women defending our country day-in and day-out. Connections Israel is proud to be a facilitator of the donation for fleece jackets for all 85 soldiers from the unit, given in honor of the Gottlichs. It was a memorable morning both for the Bar’am unit soldiers and for the family.

Dear friends of Connections Israel,

Dear Friends,
I hope this note finds you well. I wanted to share a project with you, coordinated by one of our current rabbinical students. Given the situation in Israel, the Shmira Project was organized with the goal of encouraging our communities to learn for an hour in the coming week as a merit for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel
The mission: Torah learning commitments for every hour next week (from Sunday 10/11 – Sunday10/18) as a form of doing shmira (“standing guard”) with ourbrothers and sisters in Israel.
What can you do?

Sign up for an hour HERE:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IYnUJ3eh3lJTMAYrWdCmZHUKO0yKcx_YFHB4rnp0oaI/edit#gid=0
Like the Shmira Project Facebook Page, and encourage others to do the same.

Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Kenneth Brander
Vice President for University and Community Life
Yeshiva University
(212)960-5227

Shalom u’verachah, from Yehudis Golshevsky. Please keep in mind Odel Banet, the young widow of Aharon Banet a”h, who was murdered on Hoshanah Rabbah this Sukkos in a stabbing attack in the Old City.

She is someone that I have known since she was the age of her own little baby, Shulamit. Her mother Miriam and I have been friends for over twenty years.

We are raising money to help Odel (who was herself a multiple-stabbing victim) and her children (one of whom was shot by the terrorist) so that they can recover physically and emotionally from their terrible, terrible losses. My good friend Sara Melman runs a reliable tzedakah organization called Shlomzion, which is functioning as a channel for funds right now for the Banet family so that we can help them. Even though they haven’t left the hospital yet, the expenses are already adding up–look at the site so you can get an idea of what’s going on. http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/shlomzion-benet-family

 Odel is very strong, thank G-d, but she’s been through a terrible nightmare and she has not really yet absorbed the fact that she’s a widow. We have a long road ahead of us. Please go to the site and see if you can contribute something to help her.

 And please daven for Odel bat Miriam and Natan ben Odel.
 Wishing you every good, and may we merit to greet Moshiach tzidkeinu in rachamim immediately.

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