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The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit. (Jonah 2:5-6)
IDF soldier Avi Ohayun looks out over the Holy Land he has sworn to protect.
Read how Avi went from being a troubled teen to a member of one of the IDF’s elite units, along with other miraculous stories.
And reflect this weekend on how God loves each one of us, despite our flaws and imperfections, and plans to use us — as He used Jonah — to do His good. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 1:12 PM | Stand For Israel
Lieutenant Libby Weiss, a soldier with the IDF’s aid mission to the typhoon-decimated Philippines, gives a first-hand account of the good being done there. From the delivery of babies to the installation and use of much-needed x-ray and laboratory stations, the IDF is doing what it can to help:
It was in moments like these in which the IDF delegation’s true nature was shown – its commitment to helping, without any desire or need for a thank you. The overall feeling here is one of persistence and commitment to a cause – to do whatever is needed to help the people in need.
Continue to keep the millions of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan in your prayers, as well as the many aid workers from Israel and elsewhere who are providing medical care and other forms of relief.Comments (29) »
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 10:58 AM | Stand For Israel
Reporting on the IDF’s relief efforts in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, The Times of Israel writes about the first baby delivered in the IDF’s field hospital:
“It’s a boy!” wrote IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner on Friday, “amazing news coming out of the IDF field hospital. First baby delivered. The thankful mum named him Israel.”
Continue to pray for the thousands who perished, the hundreds of thousands left homeless, and the millions affected by the disaster, as well as the many — like the IDF — who are providing timely and compassionate aid to the victims.Comments (2) »
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Stand For Israel
A mortar shell fired from Syrian territory exploded on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights along the northern border on Wednesday afternoon.
Two soldiers were injured by the mortar. One soldier sustained light injuries from shrapnel and the second suffered from severe shock. Both of the wounded soldiers have been evacuated to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
In response to the mortar fire stemming from over the northern Golan, IDF forces fired missiles toward the origin of the mortar and destroyed a Syrian cannon post, the army said in a statement.
The IDF said the mortar was stray fallout from Syrian in-fighting near the border.
Following the incident, the army lodged a complaint to the UN.
Fierce battles have been waged between Assad loyalist forces and rebels in the area in recent days.
Please pray for the soldiers’ swift recovery, and for safety for all the men and women of the IDF.Comments (0) »
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 1:44 PM | Stand For Israel
As part of its Rosh Hashanah campaign, The Fellowship is helping to ensure that thousands of needy soldiers are able to celebrate the High Holy Days with dignity.
On August 28, Rabbi Eckstein visited the Tulkarem Crossing, an IDF security checkpoint in the West Bank. He visited with the soldiers there, and spoke about the Fellowship’s commitment to those who serve Israel. Rabbi Eckstein thanked them for their service to protect the security of Israel.
Thanks to the Fellowship’s gift, the families of these soldiers who keep the people of Israel safe will be able to celebrate the holidays with a traditional festive meal.Comments (2) »
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Stand For Israel
The Israeli news source Ynet has a great article about a new Fellowship program that helps lone IDF soldiers get home for the holidays.
With the High Holy Days quickly approaching, along with airline El Al, El Al’s Matmid frequent flyer club, and Wellbeing of Soldiers, The Fellowship is working to finance flights for Jewish soldiers so they may celebrate with their families. The whole article is worth a read, but here’s an excerpt:
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Hundreds of male and female lone soldiers, whose families live abroad, presently serve in the IDF. They spend the days of the week among their comrades in the military framework, but at the end of the week, when their friends go home to their families, they spend their weekends alone. (more…)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 5:06 PM | Stand For Israel
Just like here in the United States, the school year has begun in Israel. Unlike here in the U.S., however, the army in Israel has been preparing children for emergency situations, which are, sadly, a reality across the Holy Land.
Strikes in the south near Gaza and the north near Lebanon are always a possibility, so the Israel Defense Forces try and prepare children, explaining what to do if an emergency happens and answering any questions kids may have. Today the IDF blog featured a post on Cpl. Nestia Golubovsky, a solider who travels around the country preparing Israel’s youngsters. Check it out here.Comments (1) »
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 3:52 PM | Stand For Israel
In response to yesterday’s rocket fire into northern Israel, early Friday morning the IAF struck terrorist targets north of Beirut:
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The Israeli Air Force struck a “terrorist” target 7 kilometers south of Beirut early on Friday morning, the IDF said in a statement.
The airstrike was carried out in response to four rockets being fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday.
“Yesterday’s attack is a blatant breach on Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory,” the IDF said in a statement.
The IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said that the Israel Air Force struck targets a few kilometers from Beirut, and that “echoes of the blasts could be heard in Beirut.”
“The strike forms a clear message by the IDF and Israel to decision makers in Lebanon whom we see as responsible for yesterday’s rocket attack,” Mordechai said.
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 AM | Stand For Israel
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets. JPost reports:
Three to four rockets were fired at Israel from south Lebanon, from an area south of Tyre. One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome between Acre and Nahairya. The remainder did not fall in Israeli territory, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.
At least two explosions were heard in the vicinity of the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, according to Channel 2. No injuries or damage was reported.
According to Channel 10, two people who went in shock have been rushed to hospital in Nahariya for treatment.
Channel 2 is reporting that the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one of the rockets. The other three projectiles landed in uninhabited areas.
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 AM | Stand For Israel
Four Israeli Defense Soldiers were injured this morning by a blast near the Lebanese border. Though the injuries were not life-threatening, the soldiers were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. JPost reports:
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For most of Wednesday, security officials declined to comment on the incident, until Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon broke the official silence to say that the soldiers were on a routine mission to ensure quiet along the border “for northern residents” and “the residents of Israel in general.”
“During the operational activity, the force went over an explosive device. We are of course investigating the incident, [and seeking to verify] if this is an old or new device,” the defense minister added.
The IDF said it was monitoring developments on the northern border.
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 3:56 PM | Stand For Israel