A Good News Story. Israel’s IDF Chief.
It’s not often we get to write a good news story; however, this Rosh Hashanah provided just such a story. Herzi Halevi, IDF Chief of Staff, travelled from his home in Kfar Haoranim, near Modiin, to pray the Rosh Hashana prayers with ten soldiers at an outpost on Route 433. Herzi Halevi refused to violate the Yom tov by taking transport. Instead, he walked on foot.
Halevi displayed genuine leadership and humility in undertaking this gesture. He showed himself to be one of the people no better, no worse. This action can only galvanize Israel’s soldiers behind him in peace and war. He showed there was no room for aloofness to be a leader. But rather a reassuring presence among the young men and women who place their lives in danger daily to protect their fellow Jews.
This soldier is very aware of the weaknesses to overcome, the hardships to be borne, and the task of winning any war that may come Israel’s way at any time. His spiritual calm is reflected in the single-minded purpose with which he approaches his duty. The state can be thankful that General Herzi Halevi holds the national interest at heart.