Words are not enough to express gratitude to Israel's soldiers for their superb defense of the country - at any time the call can come to rally and move into action, and every Israeli knows how rapidly Am Yisrael unifies to help and support the men and women on the frontlines in every way possible.
Michael Levin, a young man from Philadelphia, moved to Israel to serve as a volunteer in the IDF. He was killed in southern Lebanon. A center for soldiers without families was established three years ago, dedicated to his memory.
Dear Uncle Eli,
You are the uncle I never knew.
Even my mother and sister hardly knew you.
As a child, I saw your picture hanging on Grandma’s wall.
As I grew older, your image filled a larger space in the room and also opened a larger space in my heart.