Who is more responsible than a bird who finds and follows meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live – to learn, to discover, to be free! ~Jonathan Livingston Seagull
"We ran with sandbags, crawled with sandbags, even dug with weight on our shoulder...Three days straight!" I was listening to a friend describe the infamous tryout for the Golani Brigade's elite units when my phone buzzed with another call. The phone said "restricted," so I knew it was either my parents calling from overseas or the army calling from a concealed number. Apologizing for the interruption, I cut my friend off, switched lines and the following brief conversation (in translation) took place: http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif "Shalom, This is the Air Force calling. I want to tell you, first of all congratulations, that you made it into the unit"
"Wait, what unit?"
As the voice explained, I grabbed my friend's ankle, needing a reminder of anything tangible as my mind struggled to accept where I will be serving in the IDF. If the above picture and my previous allegory about the cat and the bird is still leaving you mystified, then contact me directly and we can dispense with the animal talk!
In Jewish folklore, 'Kefitzat Haderech,' the shortening of the way, is the ability to travel with unnatural speed, to be in one place and then suddenly appear in another.
Kefitzat Haderech is now the notes of a former grad student, no longer traveling across Asia as he prepares for life as an Israeli combat soldier. Insights on Garin Tzabar, Gibushim and the Israeli Army.