IDF heroes visit our community

Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 10:52 am

Thanks to Mark & Talia Talmud, we had an unusually beautiful kiddush this Shabbos. They sponsored a pink-themed sumptious spread in honour of their new daughter, Maya. 

IDF 01.jpgOur bonus was a visit by a group of injured-in-action IDF soldiers. More than ordinary heroes, these young men who had risked their lives to protect our nation are walking miracles. Two of the eight soldiers shared their respective stories, holding the hall-full mesmerised as they described their close calls and miraculous recovery.

Nadav was a special forces commando shot at close range while arresting members of a terror cell. As he bled out, the platoon medic, a religious man, applied pressure to his severed artery for 45 minutes, saving his life. It took six months of intense therapy to get his legs to move and today he is fully recovered.

Shai was severely injured when a massive roadside bomb exploded just in front of his tank. Clinically dead on arrival in hospital, Shai defied the medical books by regaining consciousness after just over a week, marrying a few months later and leading an almost normal life. 

Later in the afternoon, the rest of the group arrived at the farbrengen. Each had experienced a similar near-death experience. When someone suggested that they surely would not ever want to repeat their traumatic experiences, they emphatically disagreed: "We would do it all again to protect our People!"

Inspiring stuff! 

Comments on: IDF heroes visit our community

Prince wrote...

Part of the problem with Americans is that they keep their dienerfft sets of friends separate instead of bringing everyone together socially. I threw a party once and a friend of mine ASKED ME if he could bring another friend. I thought to myself what the hell kind of question is that? Of course he can! . Other people have suggested throwing house parties where I only invite my closest friends. How will people meet people outside their tired old social circles if they don't bring frinds that others don't know to parties, or conversely, go to parties where they only know their friend and maybe one or two people. I have seen people have serious relationships and even marry people their friends brought to house parties that no one else knew.