As Gilad Shalit (quite a good chronology of events here) begins to integrate back into Israeli society, there has been comment on the difficult issues he will face.
There was a story – both horrific and uplifting – in todays Haaretz, of the experience of Dr Abraham Ohry, who was taken prisoner by the Egyptians at the Suez Canal, during the Yom Kippur War. Well worth reading.
My family has a cousin who survived being at the Canal during the War; He couldn’t describe his painful experiences, but did recall one fellow soldier who during the Egyptian bombing, stood up from his foxhole and shouted that he knew he had to go to another foxhole. Ten seconds later, a bomb destroyed the foxhole that he had just vacated!
We honour all the soldiers of the IDF on this Simchat Torah.