Reality Check – Real Deal

I never shared a Facebook status before, but this was enough to bring tears to my eyes.

So instead of going to the window and shouting “THIS!!!”

I want to share the words of a young mother living in Israel.

Yes, this is the real deal, the real Israel.

Gershon. For those of you who don’t really know him, here’s a little background. Gershon was born and raised in Jerusalem. He served in the army from 2003-2006. Gershon’s unit was based in Ramallah and had a very (to put it lightly) intense service through the 2nd intifada. Needless to say, Gershon lost many friends (along with most [of his youthful innocence]). Gershon continued to serve as a {reservist], with yearly 1-2 months a year spent in the army. When the 2nd Lebanon war broke out, Gershon was called up and spent a month inside enemy lines in Lebanon.

A year and a half ago Gershon’ reality became mine as well when he was called up to serve in מבצע עמוד ענן. For two weeks I became a single mom of twin one year-olds without an idea of when Gershon would be coming home.

And here we go again… This is reality. My awesome husband and Yehuda’s and Asaf’s amazing Abba dropped everything, packed a bag, gave big hugs to the boys and left.

I don’t know where he’s going or when he will be coming home, but I do know this- this reality, while scary and still uncomfortably unfamiliar to this Los Angeles girl, is purely an honor and a privilege.

So here’s a request: pray for the safeness in our reality, pray for the safe return home of ALL the soldiers out there, pray for the safety of the holy citizens of this country from north till south. And most importantly, please take a second to have immense pride in our holy reality.

מי כעמך ישראל] ה׳ ישמור צאתם ובואם מעתה ועד עולם

About Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last seven years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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  • cba

    “this was enough to bring tears to my eyes”
    Mine too.

    • Sharon A

      Yes, so well expressed for so many of us.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Right now, the country is enveloped in the fog of war. However, I have faith in God and the IDF that we will prevail.

  • mzk1_1


    (I was going to clarify the term “all of the soldiers” when I then realized that it isn’t necessary. We’re the only side that has soldiers. To call their out-of-uniform thugs hiding behind the skirts of women and the bodies of little children is an insult to the term.)

    • Sharon A

      Always seems strange that culture so much wants to be martyr, cries so bitterly when they get their wish.

  • anneinpt

    What a moving post. My son-in-law is also in the general southern region. He’s an IDF Rabbi, but as a combat officer too, and the Rabbi of a combat brigade, he also has other duties besides organizing an emergency minyan or keeping an eye on the kashrut.

    He usually comes home once or twice a week. Today, he was allowed to make one call home before his phone was taken away, in which he told my daughter he doesn’t expect to be home any time soon.

    (the phones are taken away to prevent the enemy from following their GPS signals).

    So we’re going there for Shabbat to help out our daughter (plus 6 kids). What has been until now a normal situation – him being in the army and away from home a lot – has now become a whole lot scarier.

    • Sharon A

      My son in law also got called up & is somewhere deep in the desert. No one knoww what will come next, but for sure it is hot there.

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