Shlomo Alegra

If Jews in the US Do Not Make Aliyah they Should Serve

From the beginning of the American Experience Jews have proudly served in every single American conflict.

Yet, today the number of Jews who serve in the US military is extremely low.

My belief in Zionism and military service encouraged me to move to Israel and join the IDF.

I understand that there are different opinions among Jews with regards to Israel and Zionism.

Many Jews feel themselves a lot more connected to the country of their birth, than a country thousands of miles away in the Middle East that they have never been to.

Its not a negative thing at all, but it is a duty to serve a country of where a person lives whether it be a form of national service or military service.

At age 18 when a person enters adulthood, he or she lacks the maturity to know what they want out of life.

Going through either the military or national service provides the required maturity to later go on to college and actually concentrate on their studies.

Many people that would finish their service could leave with an occupation that they can later use to support themselves and their communities.

Even though there is no compulsory service in the US at the time, it should be promoted through synagogues of all denominations and community center.

For religious Orthodox communities, they should set a deal with a US military modeled on the Israeli Hesder System where people studying in Yeshiva will serve in the same unit together for a year and a half to two years.

After serving for a year and a half to two years they would be able to return to study in their Yeshivas.


About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.