Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Netanel Yahalomi during his funeral
Slain IDF Soldier Known as “Halachic Man”
On Sunday, 23 September, hundreds of mourners gathered at a synagogue in the small Orthodox community of Nof Ayalon in central Israel for the funeral of IDF soldier Netanel Yahalomi. Terrorists killed Yahalomi, 20, in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israel-Egypt border on Friday afternoon. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Modiin.
The three terrorists were on the border between Egypt and Israel south of Mt Sagi, an area in which the defensive fence being built by Israel isn’t yet complete. An IDF spokesman told Yedioth Ahronoth that the IDF returned fire, killing all three heavily-armed terrorists, thus, thwarting “a major terror attack that was supposed to take place in Israeli territory. The terrorists were carrying a powerful explosive device”. Reportedly, Yahalomi killed a terrorist before he himself was fatally shot. It isn’t clear if the terrorists were from Gaza or from the Sinai Global Jihad Organisation. Another IDF soldier was injured in the attack.
Yahalomi, the third of six children born to Shmuel and Tova Yahalomi, was in the hesder programme, which combines army service with yeshiva study. He was nicknamed by his army buddies as “Halachic Man”, the title of a well-known book by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik that describes Soloveitchik’s view of how the ideal religious Jew thinks and acts. His sister Avital said, “It was very important to him to integrate Torah study into everything he did. Even when he came home, it was important to him to learn Torah. He was a man of truth”.
His mother, Tova, said she had spoken to him just the day before he died. His sister Avital said, “He was home two weeks ago, and was supposed to come again only on Sukkot. He was supposed to be in the army for Yom Kippur. We sent him a package because we wanted him to have a good holiday. He was very sorry he wouldn’t be able to pray with a minyan on Rosh Hashanah, but told us he was excited because they managed to blow the shofar”. Avital said he rarely spoke to his family of the dangers of serving on the Egyptian border, saying, “He never told us exactly what he did in the army. He said he was forbidden to tell us anything”.
25 September 2012
Jewish Ledger: Connecticut Edition
Bibi the Bobo is making huge noises over Iran. Trust me, his coalition’s in the deep doo-doo over Haredi draft exemptions. He can’t attack a doghouse, let alone Iran (a former Mossad chief slammed the very idea of it). Kadima left his coalition, and he’s going to have to call elections soon. Well, Willy and Bibi had their picture taken together recently… Tweedeedum and Tweedledummer… two has-beens on the way to defeat.
The above article shows that religious Jews do serve in the IDF and serve honourably. The Haredi who hide under exemptions are cowards and poltroons… they aren’t fit or decent company for anyone or anything (a mangy mutt would turn up his nose at such and lift his leg at them).