Be All That You Can Be
Roughly 9 years ago I made the choice to be all that I can be. I signed up for the US Army. I was 3 months shy of 17, so regardless of my emotional and very impulsive actions, I did not go to Iraq nor Afghanistan, but remained in New York.
Fast forward to today. There is a war going on in Israel. How do I know? My facebook mini-feed told me so. Everyone I know (myself guilty of this as well) is posting links, videos, and photos from the IDF, UNWatch, FIDF, Bejamin Netanyahu, Fox News, Huckabee, Bill Maher, Michal Bloomberg, etc…There is also an overwhelming amount of posts with requests to send over donations, food packages, caring letters and so much more to the Israeli Armed forces who are at battle courageously defending the country of Israel. So many posts of suggestions written to the American Jews, as to what we sitting here, in America, can do to help the situation and those at battle in Israel.
Hamas is fighting a war against the Jewish State of Israel, therefore the IDF, by taking on Hamas is fighting a war for me, a Jew. Hamas, an Islamic Theocracy is waging war against the Democracy of Israel, therefore the IDF, by taking on Hamas is fighting a war for me, a citizen of the democratic US.
After attending a tehilim session for our soldiers, and making donations for the care packages heading over seas for our soldiers, it finally hit me.
What about OUR SOLIDERS?
Granted we do not know many in the US army, while the Israeli army is filled with people that we are not even 6 degrees of separation from, but rather we all know someone who is at least a 2nd degree from us, or even a 1st. The reason for this of course is the draft. We are blessed to be in a country where there is no draft into the army, therefore causing us to rarely know anyone within our immediate circles serving this great nation. Israel on the other hand does have a draft, so our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc, do all serve in the armed forces.
After making my contributions to the IDF and saying some tehilim for the wounded soldiers in Israel, I picked up the envelope from adoptaplatoon.org sitting on my front table for the past 6 weeks and opened it. Inside it was another envelope pre-addressed filled with a toothbrush and toothpaste and a little card for me to fill out with my name and short message for the US troops receiving this package. I filled it out and enclosed with that toothbrush and toothpaste a donation as well.
I am an American Jew and thankful for all that I have and everyone both in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all over the world fighting for my rights to live in freedom, to live as a Jew, and to be an American. And I know I will never even come close to living the heroism they exude on a daily basis, nor have I become all that I can be. But for you who has, THANK YOU.