May 14th, 2021
3 Sivan 5781
Candle Lighting: 7:22 p.m.
The Jewish People’s Army
We were on the tarmac ready to get into the Hercules plane. We had just finished a week of para trooping school at the Israeli air force base Tel HaShomer and we were about to jump for the first time. Tension was high and my brothers in arms were trying to play it cool. All of a sudden one of the members of our team cracked a joke and then started singing the words “kol Haolam kulo….” “The entire world is a narrow bridge but the most important thing is not to fear”. The famous Rabbi Nachman song. Immediately the tension was broken and our fear turned into excitement. We sang songs until we jumped and then cheered when we landed safely on the ground.
This song is one of the most popular songs for IDF soldiers to sing before going to defend our people. Often before a big mission or entering into enemy territory, this song is sung.
This is the same song that Jews around the world sing in synagogues, at Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, youth groups, at camp, and more.
The soldiers protecting our precious people of Israel are not distant tough Israelis that fear nothing and laugh in the face of danger. They are you and me. They have the same thoughts on humanity and treating all, even our enemies, with justice and even chesed (kindness). As much as the world sometimes speaks out against our methods, I promise you as a witness myself, that our IDF does everything it can to achieve peace via defense and considers every life whether of its own citizens or the Palestinians as if each life was an entire world.
I pray for peace and wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuot.
Hanan Moshe ben Yaakov
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We apologize for the tilt in frame halfway through the video.
Soldiers in the field don’t have dedicated videographers!