Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman has written a moving and thoroughly personal essay about his conflicting thoughts on the safety of his son the soldier and the safety of the country he loves that is his home. Here’s a piece of his essay, which is titled, “The pain and dilemma of an Israeli father and citizen“:
We no longer raise our children to be soldiers. We raise them to be citizens of a beautiful and vibrant country that will enable them to achieve their individual dreams, and whose collective strength and greatness is constructed from the tapestry and sum total of these dreams….
It is difficult – very difficult – for parents today to send our children to war. Some might see this as a great weakness; they believe that the future of Israel in this neighborhood requires that we return to the old ethos. I see the new ethos as the source of strength and a worthy and powerful foundation for the future of Israel.
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