Ex-ultra Orthodox in the media

The Hasid from Brooklyn who became an IDF soldier/ by Tuvia Book in The Times of Israel


Last week I was honored, together with Deputy Minister Michael Oren, to address the crowd of Lone Soldiers, families, volunteers and supporters of the newly inaugurated Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin in Jerusalem. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony a tall skinny soldier, wearing the beret of the elite Golani unit on his shoulder, approached me and thanked me for my motivating presentation. I noticed that his English was thickly accented. I asked where he came from, and he replied Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York. Immediately I sensed that there was a backstory, but I could never have guessed how epic, fascinating and tinged with sadness it would be. I asked Sergeant Chaim if I might interview him, and the incredible and inspirational tale that follows is based on the transcript of that interview.


August 23, 2016


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