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 Israel’s recent war against Hamas, Tsuk Eitan, “Protective Edge.”
Organized by Rabbi Daniel (Mush) Meyer of the International Young Israel, I was visiting wounded IDF heroes with Rabbis Emanuel Feldman, Reuven Tradbruks, Steven Pruzansky and, together with his wife Adina, David Mescheloff.