Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Place for Everyone

 In looking for news about an 'imminent' attack from the US on Syria, The 2 Spies found this story that really brings us a smile. The Israel Defense Forces have always made room for 'our own'. Gotta love it!  Enjoy!

(The story is from the IDF official blog~ a great resource for those who want information IDF Blog )
A new recruit to the IDF shares his personal message of overcoming challenges to serve the country.
“Every citizen in the State of Israel, no matter whether born with a disability or not, needs to to serve his country. Trust me, volunteers do as much as the soldiers recruited by law, and sometimes even more.

My name is Ben Levy, I was born with cerebral palsy and I’ll be 20 in a month. From a young age it was clear to me that I wanted to be a soldier. My dad is a policeman, and my brother is a paratrooper

At home, they always taught me to serve the country and to give of myself as much as I can. Two years ago, I got an exemption from the army, but my affair with the IDF had only just begun.

Last week, I enlisted in the IDF for a full two years of service.

So what’s my message? Give as much as you can, and don’t ever give up on yourself. If everyone says he can’t do it, there will be no one left to defend this country.

 I’m not different to anyone else here.”

Friday, August 30, 2013

Apple Dipping

Always on the cutting edge of new technical innovation, Technion has done it again. Enjoy their creative twist on dipping an apple~ a wonderful traditional celebration of Rosh HaShanah

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Prayers for Bibi

Prayers are needed for the recovery of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his emergency surgery last night. According to Jewish tradition, the Hebrew name of the patient’s mother is invoked to call for greater mercy from the Almighty and we therefore have in mind today the immediate and complete healing of “Binyamin the son of Tzila Netanyahu” so that he can quickly return to his important work in leading the State of Israel.

 Netanyahu underwent successful hernia surgery on Sunday and could be discharged by the end of the day, yet his doctors have noted he will need a few days to fully recover.

During the overnight procedure, which took around an hour and required general anesthetic,Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon temporarily assumed the 63-year-old premier’s powers, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Yuval Weiss, director of the Jerusalem hospital where the surgery took place, said the operation was ordered at short notice as a precaution against Netanyahu’s condition deteriorating. Netanyahu's office said late on Saturday he had been diagnosed after complaining of abdominal pain.

“The prime minister feels well after the operation,” Weiss told Israel Radio. “He is now fully conscious.”

Weiss predicted Netanyahu would be released by Sunday evening, but said he would require several days of home rest. “He will be able to hold meetings and discussions at home. He has to be a little limited in terms of physical activity,” he said.

The Prime Minister, “Binyamin the son of Tzila” was given the Biblical name Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel mentioned in Genesis 35. In his childhood, he was given the nickname “Bibi” which has stuck ever since. Tzila is a popular Israeli woman’s name which means in Hebrew, “in the shadow of God.” We pray that Prime Minister Netanyahu remains the shadow of God as he recuperates from his operation.

(Post taken from Breaking Israel News )