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The Lone Soldier column is a weekly diary of a new recruit to the Nachal Hareidi Brigade, 97th Battalion of the Israel Defense Forces following his time in service and beyond. E-mail: lonesoldier@algemeiner.com

ARTICLES BY: Lone Soldier


July 25, 2011 9:57 am
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Lone Soldier Week 18 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

'Woke today at the crack of dawn for another day of drills.  My legs were already sore as we once again carry the whole shebang on...

July 10, 2011 5:08 pm
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Lone Soldier Week 17 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

It's Sunday noon while we're just tryin'a get our last moments of relaxation before we head out.  This week is supposedly one of the hardest...

June 29, 2011 7:32 am
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Lone Soldier Week 16 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

New week here. The wind was blowing so hard, the weather was rainy and grey.  It's Sunday morning and the troops are returning.  This week is...

June 21, 2011 2:03 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 15 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

Its' only been the first six kilometers of the hike, and I'm already soaked with sweat.  But, then it gets cold and the...

June 15, 2011 2:31 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 14 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

So after a week of break, living like a regular civie, I wake up to the thought that we all gotta head back now.  It's like...

March 16, 2011 7:23 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 13 – Raw and Rugged from Israel’s Front Lines.

We reach the top of the mountain at the end of the training exercise, looking at the beautiful view around us wondering how the heck...

March 6, 2011 2:01 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 12 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

It's just another regular Saturday night. But not for us.  We prepare to head out to the mountains again, this time however, we are marching out...

February 22, 2011 1:56 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 11 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

The weekend is over in a whiz and we all head back at base for another stretch of training. This is the week of the grueling...

February 21, 2011 9:58 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 10 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

The dark night is the worst part. We've got to get back, and it's a long way too. Oh, and I forgot to mention, we were...

January 7, 2011 4:49 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 9 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

So after a Shabbos of guarding around the clock (commonly called agnam) we get back to our base to find out that we are heading...

December 25, 2010 12:25 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 8 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

Sunday morning found us promptly packing our kitbags, ephods (guns) mattresses and sleeping bags into the back of the truck, heading out of the...

December 20, 2010 3:28 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 7 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

Suddenly, I find myself back on base.  I swear, weekends go way too fast. Little did I know what training I'd done until now was nothing compared to...

November 26, 2010 5:30 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 6 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

It's insane. Waking up at two in the morning, getting all your gear on and walkin' down to some field full of ticked-off cows, and jus' ...

November 23, 2010 5:27 pm
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The Lone Soldier Week 5 – Raw and rugged from Israel’s front lines.

Back to base after my holiday break and with a "BANG, GET UP" waking up at four AM for our next little six kilometer...

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