“Behold the Guardian of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalms 121:4).” I’ve seen these words before, and knew that they originated in Tanakh, but this is the first time I’m seeing them in their original context. While I realize that the verse refers to God when talking about the Guardian of Israel, I’ve seen it used to describe the brave men and women of the IDF. The Israel Defense Force is comprised of impressive, heroic individuals, who put their lives on the line in order to defend and protect the Jewish people. It’s because of them and their constant vigilance that I feel more comfortable in Israel than anywhere else in the world, despite what people hear about on the news. I think all of us wish it wasn’t necessary – it would be ideal if eighteen year old kids didn’t have to give up years of their lives to ensure the ongoing safety and security of Israel and all its inhabitants. But since it is, I hope and pray every day for their protection and success.