The Approaching End of Mikhve Alon

I’m one week away from completing my hebrew course at Mikhve Alon. It’s been difficult, exciting, boring, meaningful, interesting, exhausting, hilarious, and much more. In two and half months my hebrew has improved leaps and bounds, I’ve gone from a civilian to an Israeli soldier, I’ve learned to be on time to everything, how to manage on 6 and 1/2 hours of sleep, and made tons of friends. This last week was huge for me. We all took the exit

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The Bakkuum and Mikhve Alon

I’m a soldier. It’s a whole new world. New rules, food, locations, clothes. After arriving early morning to the enlistment location in Tel Aviv, myself and several hundred other men and women waited in the cold morning air while groups were called and put on a bus. Family members were crying and taking photos and a nervously excited atmosphere hung over everyone that morning. Considering most people there were chayalim bodedim and have no immediate family, I can’t imagine what

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Tomorrow It Begins

I don’t have much time to write, but just wanted to post something before I enlist tomorrow. I spent all today shopping and packing and now have a bundle of army grey wool socks and olive green T shirts. I have food, my leather man, a watch, some extra clothes, and toiletries; the rest of what I need, the army will give me tomorrow. I got a haircut and shaved and now, all I need is a uniform 🙂 I’m

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Life in Israel

I realize that most of my blog posts are about the army process, so I decided to write one on just kind of day to day life here and a few interesting stories. As most of you know, I’ve been staying with various families around the country. All have been very welcoming and warm, but I’m still getting used to calling people I don’t know and asking to stay there. To think, a few months ago, I disliked calling people

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The Tzav Rishon

I made my first real step towards my enlistment this past Monday. Until this, everything was fairly hands-off–send a form and follow it along its way–but this was real! The Tzav Rishon translates to “First Order” in Hebrew. It typically occurs Junior year for Israelis and encompasses a number of medical and mental tests that allow the army to both approve teens for military service and to place them in a suitable role. Mine began early Monday morning in the

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First Few Weeks On My Own

It’s been the first two weeks on my own. It’s hard for me to write about it, probably because I don’t really know exactly how I feel. Sometimes it’s harder than other times. The making my own decisions isn’t difficult for me, it’s more not having the constant support of family and friends. The nature of my position makes it relatively hard to meet people my age (or at least it feels that way) until I enlist in the army.

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