On a hilltop in the Gush

The simplicity of their sentiments belies the depth of their meaning.

As my two oldest grandsons prepared to join my wife and me on a short Thanksgiving weekend trip to Israel, they asked what should they bring with them?

Since we were planning to visit an IDF base in the Gush Etzion area, the scene of several recent murderous terror attacks including one that took the life of American student Ezra Schwartz, I told them to bring thank you notes to be given to the soldiers they would meet.

Thinking they would be writing a couple of notes each, they decided to go one step further and ask the boys in their yeshiva classes to write notes, too.

The three-dozen or so letters and cards, all handmade, in English and Hebrew, said “thank you,” and the looks and smiles on the faces of the young men and women who received them on a dusty hilltop army base said it, too.

A simple gesture from a couple of 11-year-old boys from New Jersey who seem at times to be more involved in their iPods than what’s going on around them, but one so lacking in our personal adult lives as we take so many things for granted.  It was a gesture that is so necessary in these tense times in Israel and around the world.


About the Author
Stephen M. Flatow is the father of Alisa Flatow who was murdered by Iranian sponsored Palestinian terrorists in April 1995 and the author of "A Father's Story: My Fight For Justice Against Iranian Terror."
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