Hi People -
I'm sorry I havent been able to personally update the blog lately, but I've been extremely busy in my IDF reserves service the past week and a half (and another 2 weeks to go).
I will say that the experience has been exhasuting, exhilirating, and satisfying in being able to contribute to the safety and security of the people of Israel.
Tonight, our combat unit enjoyed 12 pizza pies and coke which was donated to us via Pizza IDF. While IDF food isn't awful, the pizza was a nice late-night meal.
The IDF batallion rabbi in our base gave me a special pen today -- its a "Shabbat Pen" for use on Shabbat only when I'm required to write for the sake of urgent combat related issue. The ink disappears after 72 hours, so when writing, one doesn't transgress the bibilical prohibition of permanent writing on Shabbat.
Granted, if I didn't have it, and I used a regular pen, it would be just as fine, since the writing I need to do in the IDF on Shabbat is for "pikuach nefesh" (saving lives = combat support and security of the area)...but its nice that the IDF gets these as well.
The other main item being supplied to us from the IDF military rabbinate is comabt green tzitzit. While the actual "tziztiyot" are white, the "beged" part of it, (the garment part) is combat green instead of white...which blends in with the rest of the IDF uniform.
Anyway - Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a quiet weekend...
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