Judy Labensohn

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A mother's day in the Israeli army

When my daughter Yael was 17, I checked out her army just as I had checked out nursery schools, junior highs and high schools. Like all secular Jewish Israeli girls, at 18 she would be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces for 22 months.

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  • Lilithrogers

    Oh dear, this vivid account of the first day of military service is so difficult to contemplate. I have two daughters here in the US well past 18 but if we had had to face this situation I think I would have moved our family to another country. Well written JL!