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Monday, April 11, 2011


Last year I wrote a post entitled 'Blank Check' in which I described the generosity of some friends of ours in the US who had handed over their son to the IDF... and about the selflessness of their son who had decided on his own to come to Israel in order to serve.

Since then, this young man - Meir - has been living with us (when the army lets him go) and has been training in an elite program which required him to sign on for an additional year and a half.

Yesterday, because we have been sort of a surrogate family for Meir, Zahava and I, as well as another close friend from the community, were honored to be invited to a special ceremony at an IDF training base.

We all stood and watched his mother proudly joining his Senior Commander in attaching his new insignia/epaulets and pinning on his hard-earned designation badge (and yes, only Meir would wear a Mickey Mouse kippah to such a ceremony!). 


Also in attendance were his direct commander (who offered some glowing words of praise), and the training staff  from the course. 

We called to wake up his father in New York so he could share in the celebration.  And as you can see, no Jewish function would be complete without a bite to eat.  :-)


Meir is now officially an IDF Paramedic and will soon be getting orders to a unit stationed on the border with Gaza or on the northern border with Lebanon.  He'll find out today.


The shoulder insignia say 'Paramedic' in Hebrew, and the certificate says, "Certificate of Completion... This is to certify that Corporal Meir Shubowitz has completed the paramedic course and has fulfilled all requirements and tests, and is therefore allowed to carry out all actions related to his job."

In my earlier post I wrote about the generosity of those who write blank checks.  In this, we see that such checks often pay handsome dividends.


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Wow. Mazal tov. May his newfound skills be needed only for normal, day-to-day scrapes & bumps.

Good for him.

Posted by: Alissa | Apr 11, 2011 2:43:16 PM

Glad to see that you have RC Cola in Israel. Now I can visit.

Posted by: antares | Apr 11, 2011 2:49:59 PM

Alissa... Funny you should say that. Part of the commander's toast was "May you only have to use your skills in practice".

anteres... We have RC, Coke, Pepsi... whatever you want. Just come. As an aside, RC (the way you say it) also means poisonous in Hebrew. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 11, 2011 2:55:46 PM

I thought Diet Coke was the national drink?

Posted by: Dick Stanley | Apr 11, 2011 3:37:25 PM

Seriously, good luck to Meir.

Posted by: Dick Stanley | Apr 11, 2011 4:06:07 PM

we are so proud of him!-

Posted by: roberti | Apr 11, 2011 5:28:35 PM

Mazal Tov!

Posted by: SaraK | Apr 11, 2011 5:39:41 PM

Very cool! I was a chovesh in totchanim a LONG time ago, so I have a soft spot for the medical corps. But where are his "rabat" stripes?

Posted by: Yaron | Apr 11, 2011 6:28:11 PM

RC = Arsi! Funny! I also like the chocolate flavor for drinks called Choconit, which my kids pronounced choke on it. Boy, you have to watch what you're drinking in the middle east.

Posted by: Barzilai | Apr 11, 2011 6:50:04 PM

Nice post!

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Apr 11, 2011 9:11:54 PM

The smiles say it all. Meir I am sure will be a blessing to many.

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Apr 11, 2011 9:31:44 PM

Very nice...

And now that we know that your camera DOES work, how bout some current pictures of your 3 beautiful children???! :)

Posted by: Val | Apr 11, 2011 9:42:08 PM

Awwww. Bursting with pride to see a fellow-Five Towner make good in this country. Can you tell Meir that Isaac Brecher from the Edward Ave Shul sends his warmest regards?

Praying for his safety, as well as the safety of all our people defending our country.

Posted by: Baila | Apr 11, 2011 9:53:04 PM

The commander echoed my thoughts,skills only used in pratice.

Posted by: ED | Apr 11, 2011 10:53:20 PM

Here's hoping he has a very boring and uneventful remainder of service, involving nothing more exciting than the application of band-aids and the occasional splinter removal. And maybe to break the monotony he can deliver a baby once in a while. Mazal tov!

Posted by: uberimma | Apr 11, 2011 11:32:47 PM


Please pass along my heartfelt best wishes to Meir for a safe and rewarding tour of duty. I'm sure the home folks are justly proud of him. Seems like only yesterday he was slinging around drum cases for his dad... :-)

Best to all... Mike S

Posted by: Mike Spengler | Apr 12, 2011 5:18:23 AM

Mazal Tov!

Posted by: Tzipporah | Apr 13, 2011 10:57:41 PM

great going meir
now lets get _________

Posted by: heshy | Apr 27, 2011 10:54:26 PM

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