My name is Aaron. I have recently graduated high school, and will be drafting into the Israeli army in the middle of this year. I am currently on Ulpan on a Kibbutz in Israel's North, called Ma'agan Michael, learning Hebrew and training for the military.
Many have asked me why I want to join the Israeli army. Despite having dreamed of doing so for some years now, I find this question quite difficult to answer. That is because my decision to come here was informed by a "feeling" as much as it was based upon reason. Nevertheless, I shall endeavour to outline my reasoning to the best of my ability.
For starters, I wanted to do something meaningful with my time after school (ie. gap year). Life is about so much more than earning an income or putting food on the table. Having become absorbed in these pursuits, I feel that many have allowed themselves to lose sight of what truly matters. That is, to give of oneself to something greater than oneself. In my opinion, this is where true meaning lies.
In what form this 'greater cause' comes depends on who you are. In my case, this is where Israel comes into the picture. In short, Israel is precious. As the first Jews to have a homeland of our own in thousands of years - 'privileged' is an understatement. Who knows what catastrophes may have befallen our people since the establishment of the Jewish state, had it not been there in the first place. Conversely, who knows what catastrophes could have been averted had it been established sooner. It is difficult to deny the fact that Israel is a special place for the Jewish people. Yet, even today, there are those who would stop at nothing to take it away from us. With this in mind, I can think of nothing more meaningful than to protect my people and my country. I think that a lot of the time, when people ask me why I chose to come here, they do so because they view it as a sacrifice. To me, however, defending my country is not a sacrifice. It is an honour; and I shall seize it with both hands.
Whilst I have sought to fund this endeavour myself, I could not manage to do so in the short time frame that I had. As such, to cover the shortfall in costs, I have set up this page with the hope of raising funds to cover the costs of the Ulpan, flights and training.
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