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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Letter From My Daughter

To my dear brothers,

I'm writing from a feeling of deep pain. A pain that I hoped you'd never feel but know you already have.

I was told of a death. Someone close. Yuval. A run in with terrorists. Not even in Gaza but in Israel. In our territory. And suddenly I understand that we are fighting for our home. Not territory but our right to exist.

So many times we say "please let it be someone I don't know... Just not someone I know". But somebody does know him. And love him. And feels how I feel now. Until it all reaches me... Well, it was just a matter of time.

But my dear brothers, that's not what I wanted to say. Not to say that it finally hit home. But to remind us (and mostly myself) what and for who we are fighting for. I'm grasping for the right words and suddenly I remember a song. That we all know. A simple one. It rings in my ear and beats in my heart.

To be a free nation in our country
להיות עם חופשי בארצנו

We have not yet lost hope and faith
עוד לא אבדה תקוותנו

(from hatikva- our national anthem)

You are our hopes, dear brothers. Brothers by blood. Brothers in pain, in our souls and in our hopes. We are the whole. Every soldier and soldier. Every brother and sister. One family. One nation. One heart.

In two days I will be in Israel for eleven years. The tenth year I celebrated by enlisting. This year I celebrate with the pride of being your sister. Wearing my uniform. Living in this country. I think back and look at my friends in the states.

How twisted my reality looks compared to theirs. Maybe they have it better... but even with all the pain, I wouldn't give up my life and reality for even a second. My life. My house. My land. My brothers.

So dear brothers, fight. For yourselves. For our fallen. For our homes. For our existence.

I love you all.

Yours,

Ariella
A soldier
A commander
An Israeli.

Posted by David Bogner on July 22, 2014 | Permalink

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And here I thought that *you* wrote very well. Just ... Wow.

Posted by: Drew | Jul 22, 2014 7:04:43 AM

Zahava and David, you have so much to be proud of. Praying for G-d to watch over her and all our soldiers.

Posted by: Baila Brecher | Jul 22, 2014 7:26:26 AM

Reading with tears in my throat. Thank you, Ariella, for your courage and for your compassion. You are part of a generation that deserves to see true peace, an end of Evil. Thank you for doing and speaking your part.

Posted by: Ruti Mizrachi | Jul 22, 2014 7:32:34 AM

Yes Ariella. It is not easy to be a grown up. But u have expressed yourself well and I thank you. Your thought are our thoughts Am yisrael chai

Posted by: Noa | Jul 22, 2014 7:50:01 AM

Ariella, I am so fortunate to know you, as well as your awesome parents. This is beautiful and you are amazing. May we know of no more fallen soldiers.

Posted by: SaraK | Jul 22, 2014 10:04:14 AM

I read the story in Israel Hayom and as soon as I saw he was from Efrat, I came here. I, too, was hoping it was someone you didn't know. I am so sorry. Wishing for the safety and security of you, your family and all of Israel.

Posted by: Erica | Jul 22, 2014 2:34:34 PM

Ari,
As your Aunt, I've always been proud of you, and knew that you've grown into a highly mature young woman, but after reading this, I see that your short experience in the military thus far has matured you even more and your eloquent writing to express your compassion, is proof of that. (of course, the writing genes

As a supporter of Israel, I'm glad to know that there are many like you serving and I pray for your safety, as well as the safety of the other soldiers.

Posted by: val | Jul 22, 2014 5:59:30 PM

the rest of that sentence should be .. you were given great writing genes from your parents!)

Posted by: val | Jul 22, 2014 6:00:49 PM

Dave:
Much to be proud of.
Ariella: wonderful thoughts and beautifully expressed.
May H' guard and protect all of you and us. You defend us all. We are one people with one destiny.

Posted by: Ben Ness | Jul 22, 2014 6:38:14 PM

Ariella,
And how shallow the reality of life in the northeastern US looks in comparison.
May the grace of G-d be with you and your brothers and sisters now and always.

Posted by: acairfearann | Jul 24, 2014 12:15:40 AM

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