This article originally appeared on Jpost.com.
Upon learning that we would be released next week – a month after our emergency call-up to fight this war – my reserve unit drafted a petition expressing our willingness and desire to continue in this war effort and defeat those who have been murdering and terrorizing our nation.
As a soldier in Battalion 969 allow me to share why we drafted this petition and why we want to be here.
We want to continue fighting not because we love war, but because we love you.
On a personal level, the paradox of the past month is that in the face of heartbreaking pain and the violence of war, my experience has been one of unparalleled love.
The Hebrew word for “love” is “ahava” – the root of which is “hav,” which means “to give.” When you love someone you desire to give to them – and when you give enough to someone you come to love them.
The love I have felt for my fellow soldiers during this war has transcended anything I have experienced before.
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The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.