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Kris, Ireland

About me – I am a relatively newly ordained Rabbi and a law professor. I am very interested in learning about what it is like to be in the IDF. Married, one daughter and a native NY’er and rabid NY Yankee fan. And love futbol Question 1 – What are your thoughts about mandatory military […]

July 5, 2013

Anonymous, Morocco

About me – I m single, I m happy all time Why you are soldier ? What do you do in your life ? Are you happy in your life ? Hi, I thank you for taking the time to ask a former Israeli soldier questions. To answer your first question: I was a soldier in […]

December 28, 2012

Shelly, USA

Hey Nate, I’m from new york, I’ve actually been thinking a lot about joining the IDF. Just read your story and I was wondering, what made you want to immigrate to Israel, let along join the army? Hello Shelly, Thank you for your question. I wanted to immigrate because I fell in love with the […]

August 2, 2012

Rachel, Ethiopia

Hi, Im an ethiopian girl who will be serving the IDF soon, in about a year. What kind of jobs are there which are non-combat and i can get into with strong english language skills and poor hebrew skills? What is the average of working hours a day? Do we get holidays? and if not, […]

June 17, 2012

Alex, United Kingdom

Hi Josh I’m a father of three living in the UK. Volunteered on a kibbutz in the 80s. As a Christian I fully support the State of Israel to exist as a sovreign state and defend itself. How do you feel as an Israeli fighting to defend your country? What do you think about the […]

May 5, 2012

Tara, United States

I also like reading and want to go to Israel someday. 😀  What is life like in the army on a day-to-day basis? How often can you visit your family? What made you want to join the army? What was your best/worst experience in the army? Dear Tara, Regretfully I was not able to respond to […]

April 22, 2012

Anton, UK

I came across this site serendipitously whilst reading an article on the online version of the Haaretz newspaper. I think it is a great idea to be able to talk to those you who have served in the IDF. I am a teacher working in the penal system here in the UK. I work with […]

April 22, 2012

Odette, UK

I am a Christian Zionist from the UK and support the State of Israel from a biblical perspective . Obviously I have a faith in Jesus/Yeshua as my personal Saviour/Messiah With regard to the IDF , I have heard that it is compulsory to be inscripted , with exception only to those of the Orthodox […]

April 16, 2012

Elie, France

I already know that Tsahal give to new soldier clothe + boots But i’d like to know if it’s possible to wear my own boots when i’ll join Tsahal ? Hi there Elie, Your foot wear has to be within regulations. If your shoes are not army issue you will have to ask your commander for permission. […]

April 9, 2012

Jessica, USA

Hi! I am in 8th grade and live in New Jersey, USA. Scince you’re not from Israel, what made you descide to join the IDF? What was the hardest thing that happened while you were serving? What hapened during Jewish holidays, such as Pesach and Rosh Hashana? Dear Jessica, Though I was not born in […]

April 4, 2012

Kevin, USA

Hello Avi, Shalom… my name is Kevin and I live in Denver, Colorado in the United States. I am a Christian who believes Israel has a right to defend their homeland against the evil of islamic terrorism. I simply love Israel and her people. My hobby is learning more about Israel and her wonderful people. […]

April 3, 2012

Aaron, USA

Hello Hamutal, My name is Aaron, I live in the united states Florida to be exact. I am jewish and live in a very small town. I joined an Israeli army program called Sar El about a year ago, and ever since I experienced Israel and the IDF it was like a drug that once […]

March 21, 2012

Sam, USA

Hey Adam, what’s up? I’m going to the army! I got the zav rishan, and I’m supposed go for the initial meeting, so I’m headed back to Israel now. I don’t have a copy of my college diploma, and it’s a long tedious process to request one from the school if you are an alum […]

March 16, 2012

Carl, UK

Hi there, I am a Trainee journalist from the united kingdom. My interests include: Reading, writing, Socialising, visiting places of interest. I enjoy training in Krav Maga, and i love nature and good cooking. I understand Israel has always used conscripts to strengthen their regular Armed forces. What i want to know is: How old […]

March 7, 2012

Ariel, Israel

I am a medical student at Sackler on Tel Aviv University campus. I graduated from UC Berkeley and moved to Tel Aviv last August. My brother is joining the IDF next year with garin tzabar. What would you say to him? What inspired you to join the IDF? How are you liking living in Israel? […]

February 17, 2012

Lorelle, Israel

Hi Ami, My name is Lorelle. I am a student at the IDC in Hertziliya. I made aliya alone from South Africa. I received my Tzav Rishon from the army and I wanted to know how and if the army has a social and personal affect on someone’s life. In other words can it create […]

January 2, 2012

Adoniah, USA

Shalom Ami, I served in the US Navy for 4 years in Rota Spain. I traveled all over Europe and N.Africa, but never made it to Israel. I too love camping and I used to run marathons…I broke my back which put a stop to that. I jumped out of airplanes too…we do things in […]

October 27, 2011

Ben, Israel

Hey bra! I’m a American who moved back to HaEritz in 2009 and I reside next to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.I finished college in EPA regulation and Refrigeration Engineering.I should have took up major in political Sicence.I have military background and I work for the Engagement Movement at this point. Did you come here […]

October 9, 2011

Brannen, Australia

Shalom Zack, I had a number of questions for you, although I have asked so many similar questions that now i find the best answers from what someone would rather see fit to tell me as opposed to simply answering my specific query on a topic. So, you made aliyah? Good for you! Tell me […]

September 5, 2011

Brannen, Australia

Shalom Scott, Dude, you made Aliyah after college, and assimilated into Israeli society, completed the army, and now manage to maintain yourself, post-army, post any programs, in Israel. What’s it all about man? Why Move to Israel as a kid by yourself? Tell me about your retrospective views on your decisions. Are you happy you […]

September 5, 2011
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