This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

The year is 2001 and a newly enlisted lone soldier has just returned to his rented apartment in a small town to the south of Jerusalem. He left everything behind him to come to Israel and enlist in the IDF. His story is similar to those of the many other lone soldiers who come from abroad to volunteer for the IDF, only he is greeted in this town by a kindly gentlemen who upon seeing the soldier’s uniform immediately invites the soldier inside for a hot meal and provides him with a special gift to help “protect” him throughout his military service.

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