Give the Gift of Sleep

There are a great deal of requirements when it comes to serving in the Israel Defense Forces and sleep. Service conditions in the army span anywhere from stating that soldiers can sleep at least two nights a week at home. Four nights a week requires an official note from a Mental health officer. The placement of a solider is often determined by how many kilometers a unit is from the soldier’s home.

The right to sleep changes drastically when in army gear. This is why at American Friends of Libi we do our utmost to help lone combat soldiers. These soldiers put themselves on the line day in and day out. The most that we can do, at the very least, is to offer them a comfortable pillow and amenities when their true home is very far away.

The next time you go to sleep and recite your nightly blessing, consider for a moment those who protect Israel (or any country in which you reside) so that you can be afforded that peaceful rest.

This Chanukah and end of year, give the gift of sleep.

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Miracles of the IDF

Chanukah is exactly a week from today. As Jews around the world will begin purchasing Chanukah gelt, candles, dreidels, presents and more, one of the common practices is to reflect on the good granted to us and the miracles in our day.

Soldiers in the IDF are not strangers to witnessing these types of miracles before their very eyes.

To help the Jewish nation feel inspired, as we read of reports of antisemitism throughout Europe and sadly the United States, below is a brief recap of 8 IDF miracles. We hope that you will join us, Chanukah and as we approach the end of the new year to help support American Friends of Libi and donate to the Warm Home Project.

(1) The Battle of Mishmar HaEmek
On April 4th 1948, Jewish residents and soldiers held off over one thousand troops of the Arab Liberation Army. The Arabs had attacked the kibbutz, but miraculously had to retreat.

(2) Capturing Mount Zion
During the Independence War, Ira Rappaport’s Israeli platoon fought the Jordanian military for Mount Zion. The Israelis, outnumbered by hundreds of bullets, witnessed the Jordanian soldiers suddenly drop their weapons. Years later, it was discovered that their main captain witnessed a vision of Abraham defending the Jews in the sky. This made them retreat.

(3) The Preemptive Strike
In 1967, Egypt began moving large forces and artillery to the Sinai desert. This was an act of war. Miraculously, the Egyptian code strategy was changed and Jordan was not updated. The order didn’t go through to launch  missiles on Israeli crafts as intended. Instead, Israel accomplished to destroy the Egyptian air force: two hundred and four Egyptian planes.

(4) Taking Back Jerusalem
June 5th marked the start of violent battles throughout the old city of East Jerusalem. On June 7th, silence befell the city. Checking for a trap, it was rather a miracle. Israeli forces entered East Jerusalem, and took the Temple Mount, reaching the Western Wall without even firing a single shot.

(5) Yom Kippur War
In 1973, while the entire country fasted for Yom Kippur, thousand of Egyptians invaded Israel. Young men left services to defend the country. Syria was gaining territory and logic dictates that Israel should have lost this war, but by the end, Israel somehow managed victorious!

(6) The Gas Attack That Never Was
During the Gulf War in 1991, Iraq threatened to use chemical weapons on Israel. However, it never occurred. Strangely, wind patterns changed and the U.S. military suggested that the odd weather changes served for Iraq to not detonate chemical warfare.

(7) Massacre Averted
In the Summer of 2015, it was discovered that Hamas was building tunnels to invade Israel.  Hamas terrorists scouted out an area by a nearby farming village of Sufa. At the time, the field was populated by tall wheat. However, a biblical mandate requiring farmers to harvest before taking a sabbatical year, ended up cutting down the harvest. The farmers located the tunnel and the terrorists were spotted. The massacre was avoided because of this miracle.

(8) 450 rockets from Gaza…with failed hits
As we recently all witnessed, the 450 rockets that pelted Israel from Gaza, causing minor casualties and the amazing results of the Iron Dome Defense system. In Southern Israel, two cars were 5 seconds away from being directly hit by two rockets. Footage from the highway showed the world the miss.

Miracles all around us. Even in 2019.

Help continue to show support of Israel’s strong army and give these young men and women much appreciation for putting themselves on the line for our nation.

Thank You

At American Friends of Libi, we are truly thankful for your support throughout Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday.

With so much on our minds, it takes a special heart to think of those who protect us. American Friends of Libi is continuing its Warm Home project that with your help, we will successfully, together,  fund $20,000 (65,000 Shekel) for supporting 85 apartments for lone combat soldiers. Please consider continuing to contribute to this effort.

As winter holiday season is approaching, Amazon is still offering free shipping to Israel. The next time you make a purchase, log onto AmazonSmile. The foundation will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. We hope you will choose American Friends of Libi!

Thank an IDF soldier. Send a care package. Recommend an end of the year school project where you can help Israel’s heroic army. They deserve our gratitude and support.

#GivingTuesday in Support of IDF Lone Combat Soldiers

Imagine coming home from a long day after work. Coworkers were rude, the project you worked hard on was undermined and all you dreamt about was your mom’s freshly warm cooked meal and your pillow.

Now imagine that you are a soldier and to make matters more complex, a lone combat soldier. You grew up in France and decided to do something bigger than yourself and protect the one and only Jewish country. You are one out of 7,000 soldiers who join the Israel Defense Forces. After rocket attacks, protecting borders and active drills, being able to have a safe haven you can call your own is a challenge. Your service helps lives yet has an impact on your own life as well. The balance, in more ways than one, hits home.

This is where American Friends of Libi makes a difference and this #GivingTuesday we hope you join us in our efforts to give lone combat soldiers a warm place to relax, rejuvenate and feel secure.

The new $20,000 (65,000 Shekel) campaign is performing with the partnership of Yahad – United for Israel’s Soldiers. The project will help fund over 85 apartment units out of the 100 that the Israeli army hopes to secure with state-of-the-art amenities.  The campaign will continue through the end of this year and we look forward to sharing developments of its success, thanks to you. Please help us by donating today and sharing the campaign with friends both near and far.