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Magen David Adom — Israel’s Red Cross

THROUGHOUT the conflict this summer in Israel, we all cheered and supported the amazing IDF soldiers.

In time of war and tension, working in coordination with the IDF was an important organization, Magen David Adom (MDA); specifically, the Southern MDA, located in Ashdod. It needed to contend with the tense rocket situation that Southern Israelis were living with day to day.

This MDA serves as the dispatching headquarters for cities of Ashdod, Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Ofakim, Netivot, and Ashkelon, plus some other smaller towns.

MDA can treat of course in an emergency, but the MDA in Ashdod operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a regional dispatching facility.


In the presence of a legend

WITH rockets flying overhead, I spent one day traveling the South of Israel meeting organic farmers, ‘kibbutzniks’ living at the border of Israel and Gaza, residents of Sderot, the MDA (Israel’s Red Cross) of Ashdod and an IDF representative. Never before have I felt more inspired and proud to be Jewish. Never before have the “amcha” of Israel — the people who make up the fabric of this society — touched me so deeply. This week, I will share a glimpse into only just one of those m...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:11 )


After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for. The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Isra...

A circle has closed

This past week a circle has closed. It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close. Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations. Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:34 )


Our own stories of destruction

This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land. It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching...
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