he·ro
ˈhirō/
noun

1. a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
“a war hero”
synonyms: brave person, brave man/woman, man/woman of courage, man/woman of the hour, lionheart, warrior, knight

Daniel is a lone soldier from Germany who just recently was drafted. He was on the way back to his kibbutz for shabbat this Friday when he and a few more of our friends were attacked. A terrorist tried ramming into them with his car and, when he saw they were still alive, tried stabbing them. A civilian saw the incident and luckily, with the gun he was carrying, shot the terrorist. They are all alive and recovering.

I went to visit Daniel last night and I can’t stop thinking about what he said to me. I asked him if he was planning on going home after he is released from the hospital. He turned to me and said “Oh yeah, I’m going back to the kibbutz.” So I said, “Okay, but after that to Germany, right?”
With a look I will never forget Daniel answered, genuinely confused. “Why would I leave Israel?”

Daniel is the reason I get to drink my morning coffee. Daniel is the reason I can take the bus to work. Daniel is the reason I can go out with my friends on the weekend. Daniel is the reason I can go to the Western Wall.

He is one of so many people who are the reason we can all live here. While Daniel would never agree with me, I think he is a hero.