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the following from CAPT SIMON KATZ  USN AND ‘DADDYS POEM’ BY SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

subject matter: MILITARY FAMILIES sent by Capt Katz USN concerning Chanukah and a touching poem sent by ‘southern gentleman’

November 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

FROM: Capt. Simon Katz
USS-BB New Jersey
United States, Navy.
Military enlisted and their families. The subject matter is
 FREE CHANUKAH MATERIALS TO TROOPS AND THEIR CHILDREN.
Jews with Views Please get this message out;
contact telephone number on bottom of page.
 
 
The Aleph Institute Presents: “Lights Around The World” Chanukah Military Program
Chanukah starts December 20, 2011. For more detailed information about the holiday, please visit WWW.CHANUKAH.ORG
The Aleph Institute is offering FREE Chanukah Menorahs, Candles, Complete Story of Chanukah booklets (which include the blessings and laws for the lighting of the Menorah), Dreidels (traditional spin-tops commemorating the miracle of Chanukah) and Chocolate Bars (Donated by Mr. Irwin Simon, Chairman and CEO of Hain Celestial Group) to all Jewish military personnel and their families for the Chanukah holiday. It is customary that each individual light their own Menorah. Aleph is therefore willing to provide individual Menorahs and candles for each and every Jewish member of the Armed Forces.
Aleph also has Jewish calendars (special military edition with pictures of Jewish military personnel) available. Please let them know if you need more calendars.
Aleph will ship all these items at no expense to any address where Jewish men or women are stationed – FREE OF CHARGE –
If you are interested in taking part in this program, please send the following information to military@aleph-institute.org:
Name of chaplain, lay leader or other person to whom the packages should be sent at each location
Complete mailing address (APO). If your location is in the United States please provide a regular street address as the preferred shipping method is via UPS or FedEx.
Which bases or location of troops the delivery will cover (to avoid duplicates.) Please copy all other Chaplains, Rabbis or Lay leaders that may also be ordering for the same personnel on your email response.
How many of each item do you need for the Jewish military members at your location?
ORDER FORM
Name:
Mailing Address:
Bases Served:
Phone:
E-mail:
ITEMQTY.
Menorah Candelabra (tin)
Candles (Box of 44 candles–(Each box of candles has
enough for one menorah for all 8 days)
“Dreidel” Spin Tops
Complete Story of Chanukah booklets needed
“Shabbat Services Companions”
3 oz. Chocolate Bars
For more information or to order by phone please call (305) 864-5553.
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THE FOLLOWING SENT BY A FRIEND RET NAVY  ’SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN’

Daddy’s Poem

 Her hair was up in a pony tail,
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school,
and she couldn’t wait to go.
 But her mommy tried to tell her,
that she probably should stay home
Why the kids might not understand,
if she went to school alone.
 But she was not afraid;
she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
of why he wasn’t there today.
But still her mother worried,
for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
she tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school
eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees a dad
who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in
back, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called
a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
as seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
a man who wasn’t there.
 ”Where’s her daddy at?”
She heard a boy call out.
“She probably doesn’t have one,”
another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
she heard a daddy say,
“Looks like another deadbeat dad,
too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her,
as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who
told her to go on.
 And with hands behind her back,
slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
came words incredibly unique.
 ”My Daddy couldn’t be here,
because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
and how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories
he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
and taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I’m not standing here alone.
“Cause my daddy’s always with me,
even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
he’ll forever be in my heart”
 With that, her little hand reached up,
and lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere there in the crowd
of dads, her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
doing what was a right.
And when she dropped her hand back
down, staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
but its message clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much,
he’s my shining star.
And if he could, he’d be here,
but heaven’s just too far.
 You see he is an American Soldier
and died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
and taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it’s like he never went away.”
And then she closed her eyes,
and saw him there that day.
 And to her mother’s amazement,
she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
all starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them,
who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
they saw him at her side.
 ”I know you’re with me Daddy,”
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
 And a child was blessed, if only for
a moment, by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
 Send this to the people you’ll never forget and remember to send it also to the person that sent it to you. It’s a short message to let them know that you’ll never forget them.
If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you’re in a hurry and that you’ve forgotten your friends.
Take the time…to live and love.
Until eternity..
G-d Bless
There must be many children in the same boat as this little girl, thanks to our servicemen and their families for the sacrifice they are making to keep our country Free.
The ULTIMATE sacrifice is being left behind. Don’t forget them.

 
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A PERSONAL TRUE STORY FROM READER:
 ELIJAH BATEMEN US ARMY

 
COMMITMENT
WORTH THE AGONY OF WAR.
 
As the steady flow of commuters emptied out of the subway, I stood to the side, watching down avenues of approach with my head on a swivel. dug into my shoulders, heavy not from grenades or textbooks, but from enough clothes for a long weekend. I decided on a whim to take a long bus ride from Washington, DC to New York for Comic-Con. Dodo( a platoon bro) had gone last year and it seemed a perfect reason to visit him in Brooklyn. It had only been a few months since he came down to Washington, but I had missed him. He remains one of my closest friends from our old platoon, and seeing him released the nostalgic pressure that builds in between visits with guys from the unit.

Peculiar things happen when you catch up with a guy from the platoon. Voices change, conversation becomes hurried and the wall between thoughts and speech, usually reserved for polite society, crumbles to dust. The social experiment of a platoon stuffed together for fifteen continuous months of combat breeds words, phrases and nicknames that are buried when those men finally disperse, only to be resurrected later during brief reunions. If the men of second platoon spoke as they did in the filthy outposts of Baqubah, most would be divorced and none would be employed. Reintegrating into society means you must leave those words, phrases and tones behind, mostly for the reason that civilians would simply not understand them. When old friends get together, those words come tumbling out from the deepest recesses of the mind.
When civilians ask me what I miss most about the Army, I always tell them it’s the people. Many are one of a kind and others are destined to be friends for life. Given a few years separation between the end of a military career and the return to civilian life, it becomes easy to romanticize the way things used to be. Even sheer moments of terror and unimaginable brutality seem tolerable in retrospect because of the men to the left and right. Love is a difficult emotion to conceptualize, and I did not understand it until I saw guys sharing their last swallows of water or offering to carry some of the heavy load for a struggling friend. Once we got home and everyone went their separate ways, or stayed for another tour, that support system fell apart. It was worth the agony of war to experience that kind of commitment.
It came as no surprise to hear that the Chilean miners almost immediately began to have what I call adversity withdrawal. In the two months they were underground, everything in their lives – their wives and girlfriends, their homes, their paychecks- melted away the moment they were trapped. Their only concern was survival, and they began to live moment to moment with an outcome far from certain. Undoubtedly, the bonds they forged deep underground helped them get through what must have been a truly horrifying experience. nearly knocked me out of my seat:
“What we’re seeing is the miners are almost longing to be in that group together.”
For the third time this year, I spent quality time with Dodo, one of my best friends from the platoon. We always talk about work and girlfriends and who is up to what, but the topic always drifts towards the Army and Iraq, as if the conversation is a compass that points to what is really on our minds. I have discovered that several guys from the platoon have thought about joining up again. Going back to a job or the unemployment line or school just isn’t for them. If everyone is a puzzle piece that fits into society in a certain way, our edges come back frayed and worn. Everything doesn’t go back together quite right. But what I want to tell everyone who wants to go back is this: It’s not what we did that you miss, it’s the people you served next to. Just like now, as we’re scattered all over the country, bringing the men of second platoon together for another tour remains an impossible task. If it wasn’t, I doubt I could resist the opportunity. I know what the miners know – those terrible days were the best days because of who was with them in the dark.
.Take care bros!
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FROM CHER

 Shalom dacon, i have to say, one of the most powerful letters i have ever read is on jews with views, its the letter by ‘patriot-Sheindlin” did you read it? ( i dont know if u personaly post the responses). >>>>this text by sheindlin made me cry>>Nothing was like Iraq. Nothing was like war. In all the years I was a cop, people only tried to hurt me because I was arresting them. In Iraq, the little shits tried to kill me several times and they didn’t even know who I was!..<<<<<all of the letters in that section are very touching. just though i would tell you that. thanks

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READER KUPPERSHTAK:
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Elijah.
 Well hot dam,you’re not selling your soul to some NGO/think tank/bullshit factory like Exum, are you? Tell me you’re not going to leverage your service into a platform from which to pontificate on policy.
You can’t get your team/squad/platoon back, but you can build a new one and ameliorate the retardation cascading down on you to the degree that you can. In retrospect, re-enlisting during OIF V was a great decision for me-it meant that I got to go back for VI and run my element, and though the bullshit was much thicker and voluminous, the experience itself was more rewarding. Being able to affect the mission to any positive degree instead of just being a cog is a whole ‘nother experience. One of the options I’m weighing after I graduate is to go back in for just that reason.
Kuppershtak
United States Marines 4ever.
FOB Iraq.
P.S= “Dacon and all other assorted supporters of Jews With Views..”
          Thank You for your concern,support and, TLC!
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READER: SID SHEINLIN,
 
Dude, well written! By the time I got to Iraq in 2004, I was 48 years old. I had been a civilain cop for over 20 years, I had been to floods, fires, earthquakes,riots, Berlin, with the reg army and the Calif National Guard. In 2003, I went to Bosnia.

So, by the time I got to Iraq, I thought I had seen a lot.
Nothing was like Iraq. Nothing was like war. In all the years I was a cop, people only tried to hurt me because I was arresting them. In Iraq, the little shits tried to kill me several times and they didn’t even know who I was!
I didn’t “volunteer” for Iraq to save the world or my country. I went to try to keep my buddies and other troops alive.
Just before we left Iraq, one of the guys said: “you know this war is going to change us all forever.” —and that came out of the mouth of a 23 year old E-4.
it takes time for the puzzle pieces to stop looking all chewed up…like the dog tried to eat them. but, when they heal and fit right in…then it’s troops like you who’ll be the future of this country.
I just retired after 20+years of reg army and national guard.
Thanks alot and take care,
Patriot Sheindlin
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(7:58 PM) Master_D0J0:
Elijah, your just going through what all vets have gone through. I was in your battalion 23 years ago (when it had a D and E company), in what looks like to me a completely different army, and I still keep in touch with some those guys, remember those days and miss it.
 
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FROM: Klein-HM2-(FMF)USN
 Eliyou took me back to the days when the whole platoon only knew one another by nicknames, when the guy in front of me meant more to me than family, when the the ‘job’ stretched me from punk to “Doc” in the first couple times in the bush…I will look forward to your posts, Dude.____
FROM; ARYEH STIENMAN
 
You are absolutely right. I stayed in but I feel like all I do is chase what I had (as shitty as it was) but I chase it. I’m a Marine but I feel like you nailed it. I would go anywhere and do anything with my boys around me. Good article you wrote bro.
Aryeh
Proud Marine
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ATTN: Elijah;
 in response to;Commitment worth the agony of war.
 
Elijah, you have no idea how ‘spot-’on’ this post is. Wow!

I feel everything exactly the way you worded.
 I’ve thought about going back in, then thought again.
I want to hook up with you guys so badly, but don’t have time…due to life getting in the way. Sighs.
Anyway, great post !
Talk to ya later dude.
David T. U.S.A Marines
FOB Iraq.
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FROM: Hawaiian_ Girl:

I got tears in my eyes reading this. I know exactly what you are talking about and I feel it painfully every day. There are few people to open up about this and even fewer were there to understand!

My FOB is Honolulu. It was afganistan

Thanks Elijah for addressing this issue.

Hawaiian_ Girl

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 FROM: GRAVE DIGGER USMC:
 
Jews with Views post to Elijah in response to his story.
Been saying this same thing to many of my own. I’ve long pondered the new “platoon.” No longer do our men and women train for 2-3 years before deploying.There may be camaraderie, but is there brotherhood? With as little experience as 3-4 months for some privates, they then leave with their more experienced SPC’s and young SGT’s who, undoubtedly, have longing attachments to their other platoons from previous deployments.
One of my first NCO’s is in the ‘Stan right now going through this exact scenario.
 
 
SGM Rueben ‘Gravedigger’Jonesy
Marine Corps
FOB: Iraq.
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SUBMITTED BY: THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

 
 

The young lady, her trumpet and her rendition of TAPS makes your hair stand
on end.
Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety, for all of the
men and women that have died for you to have the freedom you have in
America.
This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss and I guarantee you’ll never
forget.  signed, The Souther Gentleman

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FROM: The Southern Gentleman, paltalk chat
Another little known fact is that the USS Constitution is still a commissioned Navy ship located in the Bo ston Harbor and once a year it is
sailed out into the harbor and put back to dockside on the other side of the ship. (they just turn it around ).
 
LI T T LE KNOWN T IDBI T OF NAVAL HIS T ORY…

 The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers
and men. T his was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i..e. fresh water distillers).
However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Bo ston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.”
Her mission: ” T o destroy and harass English shipping.”
Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.
T hen she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.
By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde
in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn.
Then she headed home.
T he U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Bo ston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine,
no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.
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FROM OUR AMERICAN MILITARY… ( capt simon katz posed his thoughts.

HIS COMMENTS AND FEELINGS FROM THIS SOLDIER and others. He is writing them down, SHARING WITH AMERICA,. All comments of suppport for our proud brave military will be posted here …Every few days I will post your comments and the captains.MANY OTHER  SOLDIERS ARE POSTING, Sharing their emotions,their pride and pain.

It  is very supportive to our military in just knowing that we ‘ALL’ share the love and sometimes the pain for our military in USA AND ISRAEL and all the free world.

According to the “Jewish Chaplains Council” there are over 10,000 Jewish men and woman currently serving on active duty in the  US Armed Forces. Six have been killed in service during the past 12 months
( FROM THE  USN CHIEF PETTTY OFFICER IN HIS OWN WORDS , BUT PLEASE LET ME ADDTHIS, THE RESPONSE, THE SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS. SIMON KATZ  WHO ACTUALLY STARTED  THE BALL ROLLING OR THIS SHP SAILING  IS ANSWERING MOST IF NOT ALL COMMENTS. Please excuse me if this blog is a bit jumbled but the messege is clear and the readers support is clear even  if I didnt put them in order. So… Simon Katz has sent me individual thanks to the supporters. PLEASE GO TO THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS THREAD STORY LINE TO READ CHIEF PETTY OFFICER KATZ PERSONAL THANKS. HE IS POSTING EVERY COMMENT ON THE SHIPS BULLETIN BOARD AS YOU WILL READ.
GD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND AMERICA…AM YISRAEL CHAI . I’ ll start posting his answers shortly….I have to eat dinner first ..lol )
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”I hope will serve as an information center to encourage the American Jewish community to reach out to Jews stationed on bases with no Jewish chaplains. (There?s a severe shortage of Jewish chaplains in all branches of the U.S. military.)
:I am a Proud USN Chief Petty Officer who just happens to be a VERY PROUD Jewish Sailor and Chief. I have served our Great Country for 20 years and 6 months
:In the 20 yrs and 6 months of being in serves to our Country I have traveled to 74 different countries, deployed on ship for 6 months four times, have been deployed as a dirty sailor on 5 Seabee World Field Exercises, and have been in every conflict since the first gulf war.
:It alone lonely if you are a sad sack and cry why me. You are suppose to be smarter the the average joe so open your mind. If there are not services Then you make it your respeonsiblity to make for yourself, find the resorces that are in the area, become a Jewish Lay Leader and teach those around you the beauty of a Jewish life, The real meaning of being Jewish so what the non-Jew, and Gentile have heard can be dispelled
:Military protocols can be harsh and hit reality hard to some not prepared for it:
this is something I would like to resource out
thank you
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Subject: A  intro
My name is Simon.An active duty Air Force Jewish chaplain told me: “There are 30 rabbis on active duty right now — Army, Navy, and Air Force — and that includes mobilized reservists. We are spread too thin.”
When I told him about my concerns in this area, and my desire to do something beneficial about it. he said: “Don’t limit your project to sending rabbis to lead services on the base.
“Get the local synagogues to invite the military personnel to their service (that way they can attend whatever service they like).  Have the families invite them into their homes.
“ Really think outside the box here.”
 – to ask you, all the members of the American Jewish community, to support Jews in the military.  And if you’re wondering, this is NOT about whether the war is correct.
This is about hospitality to our Jewish brothers and sisters who serve in the U.S. military forces (Army, Navy – includes the Marines, Air Force, National Guard, Coast Guard) that protect our country. And, depending on where these military personnel are stationed, they may have no Jewish community of their own.
To understand what it means to be  a Jew in the armed forces today is important for everyone,civilian and listed service men.
Jews in the military deserve the respect and support that we Jews show to anyone in the Jewish community who need and want to be a part of the greater Jewish community.        
I serve in the United States, Navy and I know just how lonely a Jew can feel when away from home for long periods of time.  I am onboard the USS New Jersey BB-62, a battleship based out of Long Beach, CA.  I am the Jewish lay leader on board that ship for the last 2 years.
I work closely with the chaplains on board my ship, and I hold  Passover seders on board the Jersey.  When we visit other countries, I always make a point of visiting other shuls, and I was always warmly greeted. In Brisbane and Sydney, Australia, as well as Tazmania.
In the U.S., when visiting Portland, OR, for the Rose Festival, I  stayed with a fellow service member at his home (he was a captain in the army).
I am still in touch with a close friend who was my rabbi while I was stationed at Great Lakes, IL, for training. He is a former chaplain of Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC.I am including these details as this is my first letter  of introduction,extending my services to all my fellow service men from any branch.And good citizens who would have any questions or comments.I’d  also like to hear from service men out there with comments and stories of their experiences.I have some hilarious letters from brothers in green stationed in Iraq I would like to share.  
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CAPTAIN, 
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS.YOU ARE PROTECTING USA AND NOT ONLY AMERICANS,,,BUT YOU REPRESNT THE NATION OF ISRAEL AS A WARRIOR FOR JUSTICE KINDNESS AND FREEDOM OF OUR ”ONE GD OF ISRAEL”
EDITOR
____NOTE: I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED OR DREAMED OF SUCH  LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT FOR OUR JEWISH MILITARY AND ALL MILITARY OF THE FREE WORLD. So at first I was overwhelmed with how to post all the comments and updates. I apologize again if anything is upside down and downside up. I guess the best way to post comments and love is just ”TO POST THEM ” AS IT COMES,  each new entry will be posted  AT THE BOTTOM IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. Some blogs post the newest entries on top, but I found  that burdensome to understand some ‘comebacks’  to previous comments.
ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOMED.
SO PLEASE ..just scroll down for  the newest comments,
 and by the way.. ANY NEW ENTRIES IN ARTICLE FORM WILL BE POSTED ON THE TOP …..RIGHT IN THIS POSITION,,, APPROXIMATELY.
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NEWEST SUBMISSION BY CAPT SIMON KATZ:
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This is a very important question.  I felt it was important for me to find the answer to this question so I contacted the wing Chaplain, who forwarded me the DoD Directive Number 1300.17 (Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services) which includes guidance on the wear of religious headgear in uniform.  The Directive is very brief (6 pages) and signed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense.  I found the directive very empowering because of its strong support for a wide range of religious observances. I had originally felt that the military frowned upon certain types of religious observances that were outside the “norm” or standard. However, the directive starts out with the following statement.
“3.1 A basic principle of our nation is the free exercise of religion. The Department of Defense places a high value on rights of member of the Armed Forces to observe the tenets of their respective religions. It is DoD policy that request for accommodation of religious practices should be approved by commanders when accommodation will not have adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, standards or discipline”
From here you can see that the military actually encourages commanders to go out of their way to accommodate different religious obligations and practices.  The Directive addresses worship services, holy days as well as the wear of other religious articles (including items like Tzitzit (talit katan)). For it states:
“3.2.6. Religious items or articles not visible or otherwise apparent may be warn with the uniform, provided they shall not interfere with the performance of the members military duties…”
I like to consider the talit katan (small four cornered garment with fringes worn underneath the shirt) as part of a “Jewish Uniform” namely as the all important Jewish spiritual Kevlar, protecting the wearer from a wide range of day to day hazards.
This is, of course all good news, but what does this directive say about wearing a Kippah while in uniform? The directive continues on to explain that any “visible items of religious apparel while in uniform must be neat and conservative”.  So what does that mean?
Continued: 
3.2.7.2. In the context of the wearing of a military uniform, “neat and conservative” items of religious apparel are those that :
3.2.7.2.1. Are discreet, tidy, and not dissonant or showy in style, size, design, brightness, or color.
3.2.7.2.2. Do not replace or interfere with the proper wearing of any authorized article of the uniform.
The directive even gives an example and says:
“A Jewish yarmulke may be worn with the uniform whenever a military cap, hat, or other headgear is not prescribed.  A yarmulke may also be worn underneath military headgear as long as it does not interfere with the proper wearing, functioning, or appearance of the prescribed head gear.”
Exceptions to the wearing of a kippah in uniform are logical. It says that a kippah may not be worn when it interferes with safety health or interferes with the operation of equipment for example, gasmasks. Also, the final word is up to each military department however, any denials must be sent up to each services Headquarters. So they are saying that the military better have a very good reason when denying the wear of kippah.
The specific Naval guidance is NI36-2903 page 95 and states on “Religious head coverings: Indoors: Installation Commander and chaplain may approve plain, dark blue, or black religious head coverings”
Finally, the instruction describes the approval process and proper routing.
We now know that it is, in fact, possible to wear a kippah in uniform. This leaves us with a different dilemma. Why aren’t we?
I have to be upfront and say I currently do not wear Kippah in Uniform unless at a religious event.  I am struggling with this idea which is why I chose to write about it. Maybe it has something to do with working up to my courage and kavanah (intention) or honestly, I might not be ready (yet). Because no matter how much I would want to down play it I would be making a huge statement.  I would be making a very public statement about my personal identity and religious observance. However, when I see someone from a different culture or religion wearing a required or traditional dress, I do admire their courage and ability to disregard what others think. I, in turn, like to think that any statement I might make could also be interpreted with the same courage, pride, trust, observance, and affiliation.
Many people may feel that they are not ready or that they don’t want to stand out in the military, and I assure you that I share this concern.  It is possible that it could draw unwanted attention.  As noted on Aish.com, “(the Kippah) is perhaps the most instantly identifiable mark of a Jew..  In the Western world, it is customary to remove one’s head covering when meeting an important person. In Judaism, putting on a head covering is a sign of respect.” I wouldn’t want people to first meet me and only see a kippah.  I wouldn’t want to be known as that guy with the beanie, but instead someone with a strong sense and awe of GD.
Wearing a kippah is an essential part of the Jewish Uniform, but to wear it while also in the uniform of the United States Military? Wearing of any uniform is an important part of understanding the ideology behind it. Wearing a uniform of the US armed forces says that you stand for the ideals of the constitution and gave an oath (something Jews don’t take lightly) to defend. The way I look at it is, the reason I wear my military uniform is ensuring our rights to practice being Jewish. I lace up my combat boots every morning so I can don my teffilin and I put on my  uniform so I can wear my kippah. There is a direct correlation between the ‘Jewish uniform’ and the military uniform.  In fact, it was the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, who said “to be good Americans we must be better Jews”.  Along this line of thinking, wearing a kippah is a very American thing to do!
Maybe it leaves us asking ourselves, are we good enough Jews to represent our people in the military or in public? It is a great Mitzvah to be a Kiddush Hashem or to sanctify GD’s name. We do this when we do good works that others notice and relate back to the Jewish people and their faith, and it can be noted that “blessed be the God of the Jews”.  There are not many Jews in the military, even in the country.  I have even met people who have told me I was the first Jew they have ever known! This is certainly a huge responsibility to be the representative of an entire people and culture as it related to the non-Jewish world.  It is possible that someone I meet may base their entire opinion the Jewish faith and people, based solely on my actions.
So why do Jews wear a head covering to begin with? Well one of the only references in the Talmud about Kippah or head covering is hinted at in the blessing we say every morning, thanking GD for “crowning Israel with splendor” (Talmud – Brachot 60b).  Also, the “Talmud says that the purpose of wearing a kippah is to remind us of GD, who is the Higher Authority “above us” (Kiddushin 31a). External actions create internal awareness; wearing a symbolic, tangible “something above us” reinforces that idea that GD is always watching. The kippah is a means to draw out one’s inner sense of respect for GD.” (Aish.com)
In conclusion, I have come to believe that the Kippah, along with the talit katan, are part of the Jewish Uniform that should be worn proudly and honorably just like the uniform of the armed forces.  I’m not saying that everyone must wear kippah, but at least maybe struggle with the idea of wearing it. This quandary forces us to ask ourselves, who are we really? What is our identity as Americans, soldiers, and Jews? In the mean time it might be best to strive to be a good person follow and do other mitzvot first and then consider wearing a kippah.. I may not have come to a solution in my struggle of whether “to kippah or not to kippah”, but maybe you can help or maybe I have helped you?
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EDITOR DACON9: ..THIS IS MY HONOR AND PLEASURE TO POST YOUR WORDS….
I thought i may add a few questions and answers from:  Torah .org :
THEN continue with simon katz story with the READERS COMMENTS, THANK YOU
from: Torah.Org.
Question:
To what extent are soldiers expected to keep shabbat?
Answer:
Jewish soldiers are required to observe all the laws of Shabbat. The halacha requires any Jew to perform actions that would be forbidden to others if these are necessary to save a life. Even when it is unclear that a particular action is necessary to save a life, all military operations deemed necessary by those in charge to maintain an adequate level of public security against a hostile threat are permitted and even required.
  Rabbi Jonathan Blass
Question:
If someone kills a person who is planning to murder many others, but has not yet done so, is that justified, or is that also murder?
Answer:
If a person is about to kill another person without justification, the Torah allows stopping that person by any means, even killing him. However there are several caveats. The danger must be clear and immanent, and the act must be unjustified. If it is any way possible to deter the murderer by other means, such as restraining or even maiming him, this should be done.
The phrase “planning to murder many others” requires clarification. If the intention is that this person plans to wantonly kill, the obligation to stop him even by killing him applies. If the meaning is that he plans a course of action that you think endangers lives (such a a government official pursuing a policy that you believe endangers lives) that is certainly not sufficient grounds for applying this rule.
 Rabbi Chaim Tabasky
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FROM US NAVAL CAPTAIN SIMON KATZ
To Editors Jews with Views.
Wow! a momentum has built up on the Jews in the military support. I am so pleased to see so many wonderful letters.I will begin to address them all tomorrow.Sunday November 15th.Again, Thanks to Jews with Views for the strong support.
Simon Katz
Editors note: to my surprise as well and I am happy to be part of  THIS MITZVAH TO MAKE OUR MILITARY HAPPY
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Mindy Kohen to me
Thank You, Dacon9
May I post a poem I wrote for my son while he was deployed in Iraq.Perhaps other military Moms would enjoy it?.
My Son, My Hero
Words of wisdom, what can I say, my child is leaving for Iraq today.
He asks me for solace, comfort and love,
I ask for strength and courage from Hashem above,
for he’s going to a dangerous place and tells me Mom, I’m scared.
I tell him GD is watching your backside, son and you two will always be paired..
I tell him I’m praying for him constantly, but then he says, Mom, pray for us all,
So tonight when I bow my head, my promise to my hero, upon GD, I will call.
He’s my hero, but he’s my baby, too.
Taking his life into his hands while protecting me and you.
Those who think we shouldn’t be there, I’ve got this to say to you:
He’s a hero, and though you don’t deserve it, he will fight and might die for you.
I’ve never been a letter-writer, but a new task I partake.
To be sure my soldier boy knows he is remembered, no mistake.
I’ll remind him that our hearts are with him, every minute, every day.
Locked inside my heart is his mind, body, soul and right there he will stay.
He’s my hero, but he’s my baby, too.
Taking his life into his hands while protecting me and you.
He needs to know we will all remember just why he is there.
To lift all our soldiers to our GD . for His great abundant care.
Some mothers won’t get to welcome home their soldier boys,
Just a flag-draped coffin, lots of tears, but not from tears of joy.
We must not forget to pray for their helpless broken hearts.
For the pain of final separation when their precious one departs.
Aaron, is a man, a soldier, and my beloved son.
With military expertise and GD’s guiding hand, he will find this war is won.
So I pray, I plead for thee to keep my soldier safe, healthy and strong,
and let him come home, he and his buddies, when their work is finally done.
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FROM: Simon Katz
Editors Jews With Views.
And they tell us soldiers are not supposed to cry.”
It had me when I read it. Mindy Kohen’s poem was incredible on several levels.A true and deep attest of how deep her love ran for her son. And like the true spirit of a fine soldier he asks his mother to pray for ‘all’ not just himself. Military Moms know what chesed is. She posted the poem for other military Moms to benefit from it.An amazing Mom.Putting my tissues back in my desk now, and signing off.

I will answer as many of those letters if not all of them today.And again   Thank You.
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TEXIAN_1: you are doing a wonderful thing
>> I also sent in an email to  jewswithviews@gmail.com.  please look for it and forward it to the Captain thank you, thank you,
Thank you all for what you do. My husband is currently serving in support of OEF and I understand the sacrifices that you and your families make. You are brave and you are the backbone of this great country. Thank you for what you do. I pray for you everyday.
I know Capt Simon Katz from being an admin in a room dealing with military issues an he is a wonderful and caring person.
a message for Capt.Simon Katz and all other men and women serving this great nation.
Margo Baum
 
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 FireCracker_Sandwiches:

 we have a room in paltalk here and we wanted to support efforts made in your blogFireCracker_Sandwiches:thanksFireCracker_Sandwiches:can you post this on your blog or how do i do it?FireCracker_Sandwiches: Thank you for serving our country and risking your lives for my freedom and that of my family. May God guide and protect you in all that you do.Chris Mancinelli, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Jill Sanders, Martinez, Calif.
 Please do not think that you have been forgotten by those of us at home. I am very proud of you and your work and pray daily for your safe return home to your family and friends. I grew up as an Army brat and I know the difficulties faced by our military and their families. God bless you all and God bless America.
Pat Nixon, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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 Hi there…I am currently serving Active Duty Air Force. I just got back from my first deployment to the Middle East in July. I just want you to know that we are here thinking and praying for you and your families….Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Come home safely….. Sincerely, Your fellow service member
A1C Colleen Gevock, Sacramento, Calif.
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I just want to say thank you and God Bless you all for all of the sacrifices you make for our great country. We are so proud of all you do!! <<(11/15/09 12:04 PM EST)>>
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 I’m forever humbled by your dedication and sacrifice. Thank you for protecting and defending your country. You’re all in my prayers.

Cheri Ballard, Fisherville, Ky.

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Chris Mancinelli, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
 I’m forever humbled by your dedication and sacrifice. Thank you for protecting and defending your country. You’re all in my prayers.
Cheri Ballard, Fisherville, Ky.
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 Thank you for serving our country and risking your lives for my freedom and that of my family. May God guide and protect you in all that you do.
Jill Sanders, Martinez, Calif.
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 Please do not think that you have been forgotten by those of us at home. I am very proud of you and your work and pray daily for your safe return home to your family and friends. I grew up as an Army brat and I know the difficulties faced by our military and their families. God bless you all and God bless America.
Pat Nixon, Oklahoma City, Okla.
 
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 Hi there…I am currently serving Active Duty Air Force. I just got back from my first deployment to the Middle East in July. I just want you to know that we are here thinking and praying for you and your families….Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Come home safely….. Sincerely, Your fellow service member
A1C Colleen Gevock, Sacramento, Calif.
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 stansheraton to me
)…“Hey platoon sergeant? Platoon sar’nt? Where’s the platoon sergeant at?”
sarrge!!!!!!!!!! sarge?..we arent worthy sarge!..hahaha. a hollaaa to my sarge BigTank.is the printer really being guarded by the Conch?.lmao!!!!..thanks jews with a view.

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FROM: wild1

I just wanted to Thank you for all the sacrifices that you and your family are making to afford us our freedoms.May you soon and, safely return home.I have a comment for: Big tank.I enjoyed your story i would have never thought to use cigars.lol.the grape gatorade?. I think GD definately understood. Can we hear another?. nice added feature by jews with views. keep it up.
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Elijah Bateman to me
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A special Thanks to all of our Men and Women serving our country and countries abroad this nation. Thanks to my Grandfather Michael S.Van Dinter Sr.For being my hero who served for this country in the Army.Thank you Capt.Simon katz for bringing about this special topic to light.     Elijah Bateman.
 
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Elijah Bateman to me 
      I don’t know where to begin other than a great big “Thank-You”. I just want you to know that as a former U.S. Army soldier myself, I know what you are having to endure.  Please know that you have people back here in the homeland who care deeply about your safe return and while you are away serving, your families are being watched over for you. Capt.Simon Katz I salute you for the concern and awarness to help others beyond what you already do to serve this nation.And Big tank i enjoyed the humor in your stories it put a smile on my face,i’m 82 years old thats not so easy. Take Care.
Michael S. VanDinter Sr., Redmond, Wash
 
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 Subject: a question for the rabbis
 I have a question for the Rabbis Blass and tabasky:
With all due respects of course to Big Tank and his effort to observe shabbat in an unnatural environment.
“Did Big Tank have the right to use two cigars instead of candles, and, purple gatorade in place of wine or grape juice?”. This topic is very interesting, and would like to know what items are considered adequate replacements? May Hashem keep Big Tank and Captain Simon Katz and all other men and women serving this great nation in this country and abroad Safe and from harm so they may return to the families who love and miss them.                             Thank You. L.Abravanel.U.S.A.
editors answer:
 
ITS THE SPIRIT
THE WANTING TO SERVE HASHEM
THE WILLINGNESS
DOING THE BEST YOU CAN AT THE TIME
HASHEM JUDGES OUR TRUTH AND OUR ATTEMPTS TO SERVE TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY
WE HAVE TO DO OUR BEST…
and HASHEM KNOWS
,  if we are trying the best we can,you cant fool ‘HIM’
 
EDITOR, DACON9 (David)
The Southern Gentleman

I served in the USAF for 6 active years and 4 inactive years. There is no greater honor than to serve for our nation. To know that you are one of the few that will place your life above your needs to keep people you will never know safe, free and living in a life that has no oppression is truely a “greater calling”.
Always remember when you are serving, even tho it may seem you have been abandoned, you truly have not. Not only is G-d watching over you, but many of us sitting silent are praying on a daily basis for your safe return home to your love ones. Also know that even tho we are not seen by your eyes, our eyes have the tears knowing the trials and tribulations you endure. Also, know that you are the HONOR of society that all nations of men see. Keep your head proudly held high. With men and women like yourself protecting the future, the people of the nation can rest peacefully.
Thank-You from the bottom of my heart,
a vet that knows what a sacrifice you are doing for me and others.

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 the southern gentleman:
Dacon, reading what he said after my post tells me he is thankful i came before him and those that came before me, as we secured freedom for them to now protect, that the torch has been turned over to new generations of people that hold our values true and in their heart as deeply as myself and my father before me…..etc………very nice thanks i believe>Jake Goldman to deluxe , me
 
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I just sent this off to Big D. to get her opinion on it. It’s all true, every word of it. I thought the Capt. would appreciate it.haha    ” I have a question for Capt. Simon. This is a very real and typical conversation that actually took place between some of my family members and myself right before I deployed for Iraq.The occasion?.my cousins Bat mitzvah  It’s the parties  that I am always afraid of.  I am the only member of my family, or even my extended family who is in the military. News of my impending deployment had spread like wildfire. And I know what the conversation will be like already.even before I  had it. I will be at the bar (smoking if possible) and relative after relative will belly up to the bar and ask me about Iraq. I’m sure that these kind of inane, uninformed, probing questions are rampant in any family right now who has a child in the military. But if I were in a blue-collar family, or a family in the South, there will at least be a couple of people who were in the military and would understand. In my family, there is nobody. White collar mentality just doesn’t get it .Can you help a brother out with some advice in how you normally deal with the type of questions listed below from typical members of our families??
Witness the conversations now:
Relative I’ve only met once : “Hey, I heard you are going to Iraq.”
Big Tank : “Yeah.”
Relative I’ve only met once : “So, uh. I thought we were bringing people back?”
Big Tank : “If you have 100,000 people, add 30,000 and then take 30,000 away, are you really bringing anyone back?”
Relative I’ve only met once : “Oh, yeah. Guess you are right. So what do you do in the Army?”
Big Tank : “I’m not in the Army. I’m in the Guard. It looks like the Army but with worse equipment, PT scores and leadership. My specific job is an Infantry Squad Leader.”
Relative I’ve only met once : “What’s that?”
Big Tank : “Did you ever see Black Hawk Down or Saving Private Ryan?”
Relative I’ve only met once : “Yeah!!!”
Big Tank : “Yeah, I do nothing like that. It’s more like the movie Stripes. What I really will be doing is driving around in circles until I get blown up.”
Relative I’ve only met once : “Oh. So is where you are going dangerous?”
Big Tank : “Only if there are Air Force women around. Well, honestly, I’m going to [OPSEC] so I may have to worry about snipers and IEDs.”
Relative I’ve only met once : “What’s an IED?”
Big Tank: “Oh, right. You probably wouldn’t know that since we’ve only been fighting this war for five years now and it’s only on the news every night. An IED is a roadside bomb.”
Relative I’ve only met once : “Didn’t you just go away to Iraq a few years ago?”
Big Tank : “I went to Sinai for an MFO rotation.”
Relative I’ve only met once: “Where is that in Iraq?”
Big Tank : “It’s in Egypt.”
Relative I’ve only met once: “Where is Egypt in Iraq?”
Big Tank : “Oh, bartender! I need another drink!; this is going to be a long conversation.”
Added to this, I am the only person in my Synagogue who is in the military. This is the point where I really have to give the congregation kudos. Everybody from the Rabbis to the membership director has been wonderful. They are literally tripping over themselves to help me in any way possible and it is good to know that I’m going to have 2000 people praying for me every Friday.
So now, I have to get to the part where I explain why a nice Jewish boy is running around in the sand?..Sigh!”.Thats another story..hahaha

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FROM ” THE BIG  ‘D’  ”

I WAS GLAD TO SEE YOU INCLUDED A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE XTIAN LADY CALLED, RAYE ..WHO SAYS YOU ARE A LOVELY MAN..BECAUSE IN THESE TIMES WE SHOULD BE BANDING TOGETHER IN THIS NATION IN THE DIRECTION OF UNILATERAL SUPPORT TOWARD THE SAME COMMON GOAL…TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY AND COUNTRIES GLOBALLY AND ITS CITIZENS SAFE FROM THE THREAT OF TERRORISM AND ANARCHY….IN THESE TIMES OUR FACES DONT NEED TO BE RECOGNISED , JUST OUR SUPPORT AND POSTITIVE DIRECTION AND REMEDY. ALSO NOBODY CAN CALL YOU A XTIAN HATER , THAT LETTER FROM THE XTIAN LADY PROVED YOU HANDLE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH THESE PEOPLE IN A FAIR CAREFUL MANNER…ALSO I AM PROUD OF YOU FOR NOT WANTING TO ANTAGONISE THEM FOR SELF SATISFYING REASONS BUT YOU ARE INSTEAD AWARE HOW THAT AFFECTS THE JEWISH PEOPLE ON THE NEGATIVE…AND ARE ALWAYS CAREFUL OF THAT

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Mindy Kohen to me
Capt.Simon Katz and Big Tank. I am a Air Force mom and my son just arrived home safely from his second trip to Iraq. I sincerely hope and pray you return home safely, in the meantime, stand proud. Again, a million thanks thanks jews with views for the cover. Big Tank your story made me laugh.thanks for the humor.  Mindy K. San Antonio.Texas

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Cher Stein to me
Captain Simon Katz. Words cannot describe the debt we owe to those of you who have elected to defend us. I have had many family members and friends who have fought for our nation; from the Mexican American War, Korea, Vietnam, to Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Everyday I am aware of the sacrifices that are being made on my behalf, so that we can remain free and safe from those who would wish to do us harm..  I just want to take this time to thank you. Cher.

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FROM ELISHEVA  IN CALIFORNIA TO MY EMAIL:

Captain.Simon Katz.United States Navy.
You may not hear these words often enough.
-I would like to express my gratitude and thanks for your service and dedication to our Nation and Freedom in our world. Thank You for your great sacrifice in ensuring that the United States and other countries of the world have, and, maintain the continued opportunity to enjoy our freedoms. You have chosen the most difficult job and tasks. May you all return home at the end of your missions safely and knowing that you are highly regarded for the path you have chosen. Also Thanks to all of your families who find distance and time between you difficult….I would also like to express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the IDF for their Commitment and Bravery in keeping Eretz Israel and other nations Safe from Harm.Thanks to their families as well. Elisheva.:

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FROM JEROME PERLMAN TO MY EMAIL:

Does anyone have this concern?
I’m sure this is a ubiquitous experience for Jews in the military:  Israel conducts some sort of military activity, and we are specifically sought out by our peers for our opinion.  Some of us have two lives…our synagogue and Jewish community lives, where we buy Israel Bonds or support JNF, perhaps have even taken a Birthright trip in our youths.  In lives where we interact more with non-Jews, particularly in our military spheres, some of us may suppress our vocal support and wait until asked.
Sometimes questions of dual-loyalty arise, in the shadow of Pollard ,etc. For Jewish personnel working with sensitive information, the questions aren’t necessarily unfair.
In some cases, I know many of us feel isolated.  Our congregations and communities hold prayers for troops in the IDF; American Jewish service members often don’t enjoy the same support that the American Jewish community levels at Israeli troops.  A good friend expressed to me that while he was doing the same kind of house-to-house fighting in Iraq while the 2006 Lebanon war was underway, his synagogue had little interest in what he was doing.
This is a topic I’d like to inject into the forum .Most certainly. Not to debate the current operations, but to discuss how we, as Jewish members of the US Armed Forces reconcile support for a Jewish state with our unique situation. In any event Yisrael Chai !

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FROM SPANKY:

CAPTAIN
We honor and respect the great warrior you are may G-D bless you and keep you safe from harms way always. I have many friends in the American military which i will pass on your request many are JEWISH men and some are women also. dacon you are doing a great service for all of us TODA RABBA

TO SPANKY FROM SIMON KATZ:

Simon Katz to me
Spanky.

spanky Sir you sound like you are surrounded by fine friends and family.I always like to hear about our servicemen and women who have friends and family members who project them forth in honor and recognition.I will always have words and prayers first, for all of my brothers and sisters in the military who have served before me.They represent as being some of the original architechts of freedom. Warriors of Law and order.Thank You for your words they are needed and much appreciated.

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FROM OUR SOCIAL ISSUES SUPPORT  CONSERVATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL  AMERICA:

Dear Sir,
 
I wish to take this opportunity and tell you that those who fight for right and truth and freedom and defend their country with honor and respect are my heros. 
 
Thank you will all of my heart for preserving that freedom through your sacrifice and dedication of love of your country.  Your email address was passed along to me by a lovely man who goes by the nic of DACON9 on paltalk. 
 
Stay safe and know how many people put you in their prayers. 
 
I live in USA and am in Ohio.  I am a christian who grew up in the home of my jewish friend. i celebrated shaabat with them every friday and went to synagauge many many times.  I honor Israel with my truest of heart and i feel safe and warm around Jews. 
 
Thank you so much.  May G-d keep your safe and strong
 
Sincerely,
 
rae

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Jake Goldman to me 
   .Jews with views please forward to Captain Simon Katz.       Thank you   I hope you read this post because it is incredibly moving on the topic of being Jewish and in the military today. And I also hope this post will give those of you who have never served in the military – or been close to someone serving in the military – a true sense of what it means to be Jewish and in the U.S. military.  My name is Big Tank.My FOB-(forwarding operating base). Iraq. I serve my country with the thought in my head of: going to Iraq and keeping my men alive.It is a Mitzvah. I cannot separate this commandment from my life in the same way I cannot separate my Magen David from my dogtags. They are one and the same. So here’s my story. A special call out of thanks to this blog:Jews With Views for the space, time and support. To my brother in arms to shield this country from harm on the high seas Captain Simon Katz, I have a description of what I go through on a Daily in our squad here goes maybe you have some advice for some of these problems:: The sun goes up, the sun goes down. What day is it? How should I know? It’s Groundhog Day. Time has no meaning.
I call home. The kids are asleep. Whoops! I forgot about the time difference. D*#n it, wife, don’t you know that you are supposed to be waiting by the phone every spare second of your day for a call from me?
“Are peeking through my window…”
A soldier comes to me with a pay problem. I ask him if he printed out his leave and earnings statement. He didn’t because there is only one printer in the company and it is guarded by senior leadership like the Conch in “Lord of the Flies.” The problems never end: “Hey platoon sergeant? Platoon sar’nt? Where’s the platoon sergeant at?”
“Soon we’ll light the candles…”
I look at my watch. It isn’t Groundhog Day after all; it’s Friday and almost 1830. If I were home I would be pulling on my dress pants and getting the kids ready to go to services. Instead, I’m pulling my body armor over my head and putting some last-minute information out to my squad leaders about the mission. I have no candles, but I can light two cigars. I have no wine, but I have purple Gatorade.
“And then we’ll go to daven….”
If I don’t eat now, I won’t have to time to eat later. I trudge through the sand to the dining facility and clear my rifle of any rounds in a bright red barrel. The line for dinner snakes past a table of free bibles, holy cards, and Christian guides to combat stress. It’s nice to know they care.
I get to the front of the line. The main line dinner is pork patty or chicken parmesan so I ask for a hamburger from the short order cook. It’s my fifth one this week. I’m sick of hamburgers and protein bars. I want melahem fried in olive oil and my wife’s chicken and stuffing. My Shabbat dinner is done in three minutes. I dash back to my tent.
Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.
That will have to do for now, G-d. I hope you understand, I have to make my hard time. Get it on, people. Let’s go! Squad leaders top off on ammo and water and make sure everybody has their tourniquet within reach.
Oh, and I have one more thing to put out.
“Shabbat Shalom.”
Big Tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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THE FOLLOWING FROM DEBORAH  TO MY EMAIL:
..I LOVE THAT COMMENT LEFT BY THE NAVAL CAPTAIN IT SENT CHILLS DOWN MY SPINE..”WE SALUTE YOU…..HOW AWESOME!!!..I AM GOING TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO HIM LATER AND HAVE EVERYONE I KNOW LEAVE COMMENTS..I AM GOING TO HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE AS I KNOW AS POSSIBLE LEAVE COMMENTS OF SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION FOR HIM..WHAT DO WE REFER TO HIM AS?..WHATS HIS NAME?..I HAVE A COUSIN IN THE MARINES I WILL GET TO DROP HIM OFF SOMETHING..HOMEY I HAVE THIS COUSIN WHO WAS IN THE MARINES WHO TELLS THIS STORY OF HAVING TO USE MAKESHIFT ITEMS TO CELEBRATE SHABBAT ONCE THEY WERE IN THE FIELD INCLUDING GRAPE GATORADE INSTEAD OF WINE.
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 THE FOLLOWING ARE:

 replies from  SIMON KATZ ON BOARD

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Simon Katz to me
Mindy Kohen.
Mindy Kohen Mindy Kohen!.You knocked my socks off with your poem dedicated to your son you submitted .It was personal,honest and beautiful.I made a comment in my correspondence to Jews with Views that, “they tell us soldiers arent supposed to cry”.To look fear in the face and laugh!. Amazing that can all be disintigrated by the power of a mother’s amazing letter!.
I knew when I started this project article with the editors of Jews with Views that they would most likely come across some amazing letters from moms!. I have found that all my years in the military (Navy) that it’s the mom’s who are the very first to establish supportive networks for not only their own sons or daughters serving but everyone else’s son’s and daughters as well.They are the biggest troopers!.what im trying to say is ,” I was waiting for you to arrive:Mindy Kohen, with that wonderful letter a true attestement of the love you have for your son.and I am so very glad you shared it with us.I printed it out and displayed that on our bulletin board abourd the USS-BB-62,Uss battleship.New Jersey..I would love to hear more poems you can send in.
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Big tank.
To my brother in Green in Iraq!.
I have to agree with the consensus here when they say your stories are making them laugh. I couldn’t stop. I did site some similarities between our families questioning about us being in the military.Were you talking to an uncle named ,’bernie?.Do we have the same uncle?.I thought I recognized him in your ,’relative you only met once’ conversation. haha. I passed that story to a few of my mates, they all got a kick out of it. I think they recognized uncle Bernie too. Somehow I think we all are linked by a common uncle named Bernie’. what do you think Big tank?. If not we are linked by a unscrupulous printer guard named the ‘Conch’.I  Keep it up Bro!.Send in more of those stories..
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Simon Katz to me 
 Paltalk Military room:
Thanks to: Cheri Ballard, Jill sanders,Pat Nixon,colleen Gevock and,Chris Mancinelli, for their continual support, Thanks Guys!.Cheri don’t boot me I meant Ladies too.
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Simon Katz to me
Big D
I’m glad to see the issues that you talk about in your letter handled well. you are 100%  right when you say this affects Jews in a negative way.These are the types of concerns I would like to address so others may reach a different opinion or understanding from what they may have originally thought, which could have brought upon indifference instead of understanding. Thank You for that comment.It is serious and should be handled respectfuly and carefuly as you say.
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Simon Katz to me 
 Wild1
Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m glad you enjoyed the feature,people in the military. Family and friends of people, in the military find strength and comfort in words from others keep up that support it’s important to us.
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Simon Katz to me
Elijah Bateman:
Thanks for sending your comments into this blog partnering with your grandfather who has served in the Army. He is a hero to you, as well as countless and faceless others who recognize his bravery and commitment to keeping our freedoms.
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Simon Katz to me 
 Michael S. VanDinter Sr  Mr. vanDinter Sr. Sir I want to thank You Today for being a hero to your grandson.I also would like to Thank You for serving with courage this great nation and becoming a hero to many.
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Simon Katz to me 
 L.Abravanel.U.S.A.
I am going along with the Editors fully on this letter.Because I believe it to be the best answer, and we shouldn’t repair things not broken.but I would like to add.You raise a very valid and interesting question.When I started this article with Jews with Views,this was sort of the awarness we were hoping for and trying to achieve.I wan’t it to provoke thought and question.THis is truely how we can resolve problems and just plain curiosity.Thank You for sending in your question.
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Simon Katz to me
The southern gentleman:
 I am humbled by your words sir.
Southern Gentleman you say the efforts of; men and women currently serving our country in the military today, have and, are affording us to secure a protected future.This being true.This is only possible because of all of the soldiers who have faught in all the battles and wars ‘before’ us,which protected and secured our past..only from those original destinations can we learn about where we have been.From those original destinations we have learned many valuable things.We have learned many things from the bravery and determination from men such as yourself, who have served before us, and paved the path for the militaries and armies of today.Thank you for protecting our freedoms and lands in the past, those very same freedoms we secure for the future today. I salute you sir!
SOUTHERN GENT REPLIED:
i truely hope the words do good for someone that is having a difficult time…..i know i had those periods when i served, it is quite natural
hope it and the rest help to pull the men and women through
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Simon Katz to me
Cher Stein:
 Firstly Thank You for sending in your words of encouragement and support for all of the men and women serving in the military.Also, I would like to Thank and aknowledge today the fine service and bravery from your family members and friends who have chosen to defend their country and all of our freedoms.These people represent dignity and honor.
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Simon Katz to me
Elisheva:
We could never hear those words often enough.I thank you for your regard and concern for your country and the men and women who risk their lives everyday to defend our freedoms, and so that we may live on safe and secure land.
Our families and friends is what keeps us going out there in difficult times while we are serving this nation, I thank you for recognizing our families, who sacrifice so much without us being there by their sides everyday.Your heartfelt thanks and gratitude are needed and surely appreciated. Thank You.
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response to:Jerome perlman
 Reply |Simon Katz to me
Jerome Perlman:You raise some very valid questions.I am glad you sent in your letter:
“How much anti-Semitism have you encountered in the Navy and services?” It has to be one of the most common questions I get when I go home.
Embedded in this question is an assumption that any Jew who enters the military has to experience at least some prejudice. However, the true answer to this question is “not much.” Sure, every few months I’ll hear some soldier use the word “Jew” as a verb meaning to cheat or be cheap.
There was the instructor who wondered aloud if I had joined the Navy just to kill Arabs, but that’s more ignorance than prejudice. And one time I did hear a DA civilian question the occurrence of the Holocaust to one of his coworkers. But, spread all these isolated incidents out over my twenty year plus Navy service and it’s really not much.
The Jewish civilians with whom I’ve spoken over the last few years always want to know what it’s like to be a Jew in today’s Navy. Most of the time, my response bridges any misconceptions or misunderstandings they may have priorly had. Being a Jew has made a big difference being in the Navy.
Were I to follow all the laws I learned in my Orthodox yeshiva elementary school, life would be far more difficult. Training exercises and combat operations do not stop just because it’s Saturday, and while one can request Kosher MRE’s, doing so adds a burden to one’s leadership chain and draws attention to oneself in an undesirable way.
On certain occasions, such as the major holidays and the occasional Shabbat, I have sought to participate in Jewish life.It’s so important to me., I did encounter some stumbling blocks. The biggest problem is that there are few Jewish chaplains in the military.
While there is no shortage of interested rabbis (I have no doubt the Lubavitch organization alone would gladly supply enough for every major post), Army personal grooming regulations forbid soldiers from growing beards, which prevents many rabbis from serving.
Support from the civilian Jewish community often makes up for the lack of uniformed rabbis. For the bases close to major cities, the local Jewish community is a great help, as was the Fayetteville synagogue when I was stationed for basic.. For those farther away, lay leaders and visiting rabbis fill the void.
When I was in basic training at Ft. Benning, a retired Navy Seabee captain led a trio of lay leaders who ran the Sunday Jewish Services. (The services must be held at the same time as the Christian services so that all recruits perform religious worship at the same time.) These devoted individuals were assisted by a Chabad rabbi who made the hour-long drive from Emory University every Sunday to be with us.
Finally, multiple organizations, such as the Aleph Institute and the Lubavitch movement, provide logistical and motivational support to the troops abroad through postal and electronic mail.
Another problem is that we often lack a critical mass of Jews to support religious activities. One exception was Sunday Jewish services that took place during basic training. which trains tens of thousands of Naval recruits a year. The Jewish services generally muster around 40 troops. Although about a quarter of those were non-Jews who’d heard about the good food at the kiddush that ends every Jewish service and another quarter were just looking for a break from the strictures of Initial Entry Training.
Another exception occurred when I was in Baghdad on my first deployment in spring of 2008. I managed to get to the Passover seder at Camp Victory, on BIAP [Baghdad International Airport], which is home to somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 soldiers. The chaplains managed to gather around 60 Jewish personnel for the event, including contractors and DA civilians.
However, for the more minor holiday of Purim, there were only around 10 soldiers present, including the one Jewish chaplain I met in my service and two non-Jewish chaplains who were attending for educational and solidarity purposes.
When soldiers are in the far less restricted environment of garrison duty, often away from the largest bases, they normally cannot find or do not prioritize attending Jewish activities.
While not an integral part of my service experience, my religion has contributed to several comedic episodes. In basic training, when I would tell my cohorts I am Jewish, they would frequently respond that they knew “a Jew” back home. Most of the time, this Jew was described as the rich guy in the neighborhood.
My religion has also lead to a number of interesting conversations with evangelical Christians, who are often impressed by my being a Cohen, a descendant of Aaron.
I cannot say that there is no anti-Semitism in the military. There may be some lurking under the surface, but fear of the Navy’s ever-vigilant Equal Opportunity (EO) system keeps it in check.
I say this because, unfortunately, I have encountered a fair number of soldiers who harbor anti-black prejudice, but the white soldiers who hold these beliefs do not voice them around black soldiers. These white soldiers know that doing so would likely result in an EO complaint and, subsequently, the end of their careers.
For me, being Jewish has only lead to good-natured banter and mockery among friends, to which everyone from every socio-demographic group is subjected.
Being a Jew seldom makes a difference in the navy for most of us. I’ve actually found that being from a wealthy, intellectual, and cosmopolitan background causes more difficulties in relating to other soldiers than religious differences do. There is, sometimes, a feeling of isolation, of being far from home and the communities to which we are accustomed.
Most of the time though, that feeling is overcome by another feeling, one of belonging to a different brotherhood, the one that connects all servicemen and women who fight for the same flag. Jerome I hope some of this information of personal experience has helped you in some way, if not ?.please write back to me and tell me how I can do so. Also I would not like to leave any man behind.Please tell me how we can help your friend you describe having support issues with his shul.Please get back to me on that..
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Simon Katz to me 
   Rae: from ohio: Thank You for including servicemen and women in your prayers.Your words of encouragement and support are needed and appreciated. We depend on such support from our families and friends.But,it’s also the unseen faces which we never get to meet face to face that we cant thank enough for their dedication of making sure we know they are supporting us wherever we may be located.
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David Telushkin to me
Thanks to Jews with Views for the support.I also want to thank you for a place we can rant to our sarges.lmfao! I found ya sarge! let me describe my new FOB- I’m running the FOB-gauntlet, complete with stops in Molasses Swamp and Gum Drop Mountain from the Candy Land board game. It certainly would appear that these super-fobbits graze in Candy Cane Forest more than three times a day, too. I didn’t know they made uniforms that big, you dig? My battle buddy, LT Demolition’s driver who’s going home to North Carolina for leave with his well-deserved Purple Heart in hand, and I are trying our best to play nice and hide our contempt for this land of excess. Like SSG Bulldog always says, “it ain’t their fault, LT. They just don’t know no bettah.’” I’m sporting the cleanest of my uniforms, which is still trulymadlydeeply filthy for these parts – dirt, grime, and lacquered gallons of man-sweat permanently stain the ACUs, apparently. This revelation and accidentally shocking a too earnest Brigade staff lieutenant with tales from the front over breakfast have been the highlights of the trip, thus far . lololol. Thanks to Sarge : SGM.Bigtank:operations/Iraq. Thanks to CPT.Simon Katz for the kick up!.
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steinman  to me 
  Can a Jew wear a Kippah while in military uniform?
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Simon Katz to me
       Editor Dacon9  . I proposed this personal issue of mine, on one of the commenters: It is an important issue for me.Do you have a personal Rabbi you can show this letter to for a reply?.I noticed you have Rabbi’s who have left questioned and comments regarding Shabbat in the military, and wondered what they thought about what would be good to read  or, know of any related books on the issue of what I describe in this letter :   I am a Danish/Sephardi.                        I have to be upfront and say I currently do not wear Kippah in Uniform unless at a religious event.  I am struggling with this idea which is why I chose to write about it. Maybe it has something to do with working up to my courage and kavanah (intention) or honestly, I might not be ready (yet). Because no matter how much I would want to down play it I would be making a huge statement.  I would be making a very public statement about my personal identity and religious observance. However, when I see someone from a different culture or religion wearing a required or traditional dress, I do admire their courage and ability to disregard what others think. I, in turn, like to think that any statement I might make could also be interpreted with the same courage, pride, trust, observance, and affiliation.
Many people may feel that they are not ready or that they don’t want to stand out in the military, and I assure you that I share this concern.  It is possible that it could draw unwanted attention.  As noted on Aish.com, “(the Kippah) is perhaps the most instantly identifiable mark of a Jew.  In the Western world, it is customary to remove one’s head covering when meeting an important person. In Judaism, putting on a head covering is a sign of respect.” I wouldn’t want people to first meet me and only see a kippah.  I wouldn’t want to be known as that guy with the beanie, but instead someone with a strong sense and awe of GD.
Wearing a kippah is an essential part of the Jewish Uniform, but to wear it while also in the uniform of the United States Military? Wearing of any uniform is an important part of understanding the ideology behind it. Wearing a uniform of the US armed forces says that you stand for the ideals of the constitution and gave an oath (something Jews don’t take lightly) to defend. The way I look at it is, the reason I wear my military uniform is ensuring our rights to practice being Jewish. I lace up my combat boots every morning so I can don my teffilin and I put on my  uniform so I can wear my kippah. There is a direct correlation between the ‘Jewish uniform’ and the military uniform.  In fact, it was the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, who said “to be good Americans we must be better Jews”.  Along this line of thinking, wearing a kippah is a very American thing to do!
Maybe it leaves us asking ourselves, are we good enough Jews to represent our people in the military or in public? It is a great Mitzvah to be a Kiddush Hashem or to sanctify GD’s name. We do this when we do good works that others notice and relate back to the Jewish people and their faith, and it can be noted that “blessed be the God of the Jews”.  There are not many Jews in the military, even in the country.  I have even met people who have told me I was the first Jew they have ever known! This is certainly a huge responsibility to be the representative of an entire people and culture as it related to the non-Jewish world.  It is possible that someone I meet may base their entire opinion the Jewish faith and people, based solely on my actions.
So why do Jews wear a head covering to begin with? Well one of the only references in the Talmud about Kippah or head covering is hinted at in the blessing we say every morning, thanking GD for “crowning Israel with splendor” (Talmud – Brachot 60b).  Also, the “Talmud says that the purpose of wearing a kippah is to remind us of GD, who is the Higher Authority “above us” (Kiddushin 31a). External actions create internal awareness; wearing a symbolic, tangible “something above us” reinforces that idea that GD is always watching. The kippah is a means to draw out one’s inner sense of respect for GD.” (Aish.com)
In conclusion, I have come to believe that the Kippah, along with the talit katan, are part of the Jewish Uniform that should be worn proudly and honorably just like the uniform of the armed forces.  I’m not saying that everyone must wear kippah, but at least maybe struggle with the idea of wearing it. This quandary forces us to ask ourselves, who are we really? What is our identity as Americans, soldiers, and Jews? In the mean time it might be best to strive to be a good person follow and do other mitzvot first and then consider wearing a kippah. I may not have come to a solution in my struggle of whether “to kippah or not to kippah”, but maybe you can help or maybe I have helped you?

 
 

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 FROM: FireCracker_Sandwiches:

ty ty for posting our wishes for men and women in the military 

and captain Simon katz 

hes a wonderful person

 hes been supporting us for 2 years in the milirary room its the least we can do for him and other military men and women

when can we hear another story from big tank the two posted were rib rollers a humor is wonderful

ty ty for posting our wishes for men and women in the military

and captain Simon katz

hes a wonderful person

hes been supporting us for 2 years in the milirary room its the least we can do for him and other military men and women

when can we hear another story from big tank the two posted were rib rollers a humor is wonderful

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FROM: Steinman

Shalom Jews With Views.

Thank You Very much .

I would like to leave a comment for Levana Haza.Thank You so much for sharing this sensative personal experience.I thought about it during this shabbat, and even shared the story with my teen aged kids and we discussed the issue of doing something to show the IDF our appreciation for all they do to keep Eretz Israel and all whom live there safe. We have several ideas of what special way we would like to show our appreciation, perhaps we will try all of our ideas.Thank You for that intitial thought for these ideas.

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Art Spiegleman to me
Thanks to Jews with Views

Word up to da best sarge Tank yo!. Tank you following your crew on FOB’s Wtf?>fobbits graze in Candy Cane Forest more than three times a day, too. I didn’t know they made uniforms that big, you dig?           hahahahahaha.They just don’t know no bettah.’”

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Mindy Kohen to me

This post is a response to Agvidor Rudofsky;
Let me remind you sir that men and women serving in the military in the United States and Israel are NOT participants of war, and do not enlist with that perspective.. These men and women you speak of in your comment are the pursuers and the securers of all of our freedoms.including, ‘your own’.Someone has to do it.. Right Mr. Rudofsky? and thank GD for the bravery and determination to fight best, for all of our security from these fine and brave who defend us. Why does this have to be ?.. you said it best Mr. Rudofsky. “Because we have war. It is unfortunate, but is so. and will be so, until, terrorism is stompt out forever, Please pray that day comes and your children see that day.

 
 

Simon Katz to me
Dear Jews With Views Readers:

In these turbulent times for the Jewish people, one issue continues to transcend all divides and
unite us all – left and right, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi: our profound
concern for the well-being of all our young men and women in uniform and, particularly, our
prayers for the IDF and the safe return of the IDF’s missing and captive soldiers.

This painful chapter has accompanied our struggle for peace and security since the very
inception of the State of Israel. And, even today, the Government of Israel and its friends
continue to invest every possible effort in order to instill peace  in Eretz Israel,and vie for the realease of our lost sons.
The human tragedy of our MlAs and POWs pains the entire Jewish world. We are, after all,
the extended family of these  men and women  – “All Jews are Responsible for Each Other” – and so,
we must not remain silent. Our actions will have a direct impact on the fate of our prisoners.

Jewish communities around the globe must also divert public attention to the agonizing plight
of these men,  It is paramount
that the reprehensible conditions of their prolonged captivity be universally condemned – and
that their freedom be won.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

It is imperative that all Jewish communities exert maximum pressure on their local
governments and enlist their active involvement in demanding an end to the captivity of our
soldiers. This humanitarian cause must become a top priority for all democratic societies
committed to fundamental morality, liberty and justice.

The deaf ears which have ignored our appeals must be forced to hear and to act now. This
blemish on the collective record of the international community must be erased, and our
captives must be returned safely to their families.

I urge you to join in the Mitzvah of bringing freedom for these prisoners and to participate in
this campaign of unparalleled urgency.

Sincerely,    Captain.Simon Katz., United States,Navy.

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Subject: CPO Capt.. Simon Katz.
Editors.please read above E-mail forwarded to me from
rustygunner  he is a CPO instructor of special operations on our ship the USS-BB-62 New Jersey. CPO Rusty Eisenhauer. Many times when we are on cruise out at sea, our signals somehow send our e-mails going from us to our recipients into ’spam’ folders in our recipients boxes.( in a nutshell, always check your spam or trash bins for our mails. Please pull us out of the garbage, dust us off and read our mail. lol. Can you awknowledge you roger and read this message. ?. Can you let me know you understand. Thanks.

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Subject: CPO Capt. Simon Katz.
  I am a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) active duty. My rating is Gunners Mate Guns. My Naval Educational Codes or NECs are 9536 OM Level Weapons Maintenance for all Naval Special Warfare Small Arms (NSW) Armorer. I am also a 9525 Ammunition Administrator responsible for managing all types of ordnance. I am also a 0812 U.S. Navy Small Arms Instructor.
While on the USS-BB-62 from July 1991 to present date.I have known,CPO- Capt.Simon Katz. I want anyone reading this to know what  type of a individual he is. While I pen this, I find much difficulty finding the words that best describe a #1  first rate person and soldier, with the unique nature and qualities and outstanding in character and integrity.,CPO- Capt.Simon Katz posseses. The tireless extension of himself  is constantly determined to help all of our brothers and sisters in all branches of the military is, unfaltering and without fail. I am proud to serve this great country with Captain Simon Katz as part of our driving force to obliterate terrorisms and those who wish us harm.Thanks to jews with Views for being part of the support network driving toward making a truely positive difference. As an officer and a gentleman,I salute your efforts wholeheartedly!. I would like to make a quick comment to some of the people leaving their words that are like ‘FUEL’ to all those enlisted serving their country.Mindy Kohen that was really and truely a beaute of a poem. The Captain posted it for us and it gave us an uplift that there are people out there who care about us.Thank you for sharing it with us.Big Tank I loved the family reunion bit,it had me rollin.haha.Come to think of it the Capt. might be right about that uncle named Bernie.I want to personally Thank  Dacon9,David Cohen,The Southern Gentleman ,Rae, Spanky, Cher, Elijah Bateman, Salutes to: Michael S.Van Dinter sr. the Capt. is right your our hero too. , Jerome Perlman,Wild1 for your valuable contributions. And to ; Elisheva ,for the beautiful words you expressed for our safety and our families(.not to mention my Ima is name is Elisheva and she is also a kind and considerate woman .Elisheva Bat’ Chaya.is her name.) Thank you all so much for so many encouraging write ins.There are people out there who care tremendously , that is a wonderful thing. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read this letter of appreciation.                                     Sincerely,  CPO.Rusty Eisenhauer.NSA INSTRUCTOR. USA ,Navy

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Ira miller to me 
 Shalom. I left a message on paltalk today for Dacon9. It is a comment to support all men and women in the military services.Thank you all for what you do. My husband is currently serving in support of OEF and I understand the sacrifices that you and your families make. You are brave and you are the backbone of this great country. Thank you for what you do. I pray for you everyday.Capt.Simon Katz You are a wonderful and selfless soldier! 

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Ira miller to me 
    Shalom. I left a message on paltalk today for Dacon9. It is a comment to support all men and women in the military services.Thank you all for what you do. My husband is currently serving in support of OEF and I understand the sacrifices that you and your families make. You are brave and you are the backbone of this great country. Thank you for what you do. I pray for you everyday.Capt.Simon Katz You are a wonderful and selfless soldier!  

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From: abravanel.lennyusa
Subject: a question for the rabbis

 I have a question for the Rabbis Blass and tabasky:
With all due respects of course to Big Tank and his effort to observe shabbat in an unnatural environment.
“Did Big Tank have the right to use two cigars instead of candles, and, purple gatorade in place of wine or grape juice?”. This topic is very interesting, and would like to know what items are considered adequate replacements? May Hashem keep Big Tank and Captain Simon Katz and all other men and women serving this great nation in this country and abroad Safe and from harm so they may return to the families who love and miss them.                             Thank You. L.Abravanel.U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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from: CAPT SIMON KATZ

Dear Jews With Views Readers:

In these turbulent times for the Jewish people, one issue continues to transcend all divides and
unite us all – left and right, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi: our profound
concern for the well-being of all our young men and women in uniform and, particularly, our
prayers for the IDF and the safe return of the IDF’s missing and captive soldiers.

This painful chapter has accompanied our struggle for peace and security since the very
inception of the State of Israel. And, even today, the Government of Israel and its friends
continue to invest every possible effort in order to instill peace  in Eretz Israel,and vie for the realease of our lost sons.
The human tragedy of our MlAs and POWs pains the entire Jewish world. We are, after all,
the extended family of these  men and women  – “All Jews are Responsible for Each Other” – and so,
we must not remain silent. Our actions will have a direct impact on the fate of our prisoners.

Jewish communities around the globe must also divert public attention to the agonizing plight
of these men,  It is paramount
that the reprehensible conditions of their prolonged captivity be universally condemned – and
that their freedom be won.

It is imperative that all Jewish communities exert maximum pressure on their local
governments and enlist their active involvement in demanding an end to the captivity of our
soldiers. This humanitarian cause must become a top priority for all democratic societies
committed to fundamental morality, liberty and justice.

The deaf ears which have ignored our appeals must be forced to hear and to act now. This
blemish on the collective record of the international community must be erased, and our
captives must be returned safely to their families.

I urge you to join in the Mitzvah of bringing freedom for these prisoners and to participate in
this campaign of unparalleled urgency.

Sincerely,    Captain.Simon Katz., United States,Navy.

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FROM: SIMON KATZ , TO BIG TANK

For Big Tank:You sound like you have a great sense of humor.I thought you would get a kick out of this list:THings no longer able to do in the Army:

1. Not allowed to watch Southpark when I’m supposed to be working.

2. My proper military title is ‘Specialist Schwarz’ not ‘Princess Anastasia’.

3. Not allowed to threaten anyone with black magic..

4. Not allowed to challenge anyone’s disbelief of black magic by asking for hair.

5. Not allowed to get silicone breast implants.

6. Not allowed to play ‘Pulp Fiction’ with a suction-cup dart pistol and any officer.

7. Not allowed to add ‘In accordance with the prophesy’ to the end of answers I give to a question an officer asks me.

8. Not allowed to add pictures of officers I don’t like to War Criminal posters.

9. Not allowed to title any product ‘Get Over it’.

10. Not allowed to purchase anyone’s soul on Government time.

11. Not allowed to join the communist party.

12. Not allowed to join any militia.

13. Not allowed to form any militia.

14. Not allowed out of my office when the president visited Sarajevo.

15. Not allowed to train adopted stray dogs to ‘Sic Brass!’

16. Must get a haircut even if it tampers with my ‘Sampson like powers’.

17. God may not contradict any of my orders.

18. May no longer perform my now (in)famous ‘Barbie Girl Dance’ while on duty.

19. May not call any officers immoral, untrustworthy, lying, slime, even if I’m right.

20. Must not taunt the French any more.

21. Must attempt to not antagonize SAS.

22. Must never call an SAS a ‘Wanker’.

23. Must never ask anyone who outranks me if they’ve been smoking crack.

24. Must not tell any officer that I am smarter than they are, especially if it’s true.

25. Never confuse a Dutch soldier for a French one.

26. Never tell a German soldier that ‘We kicked your ass in World War 2!’

27. Don’t tell Princess Di jokes in front of the paras (British Airborne).

28. Don’t take the batteries out of the other soldiers alarm clocks (Even if they do hit snooze about forty times).

29. The Irish MPs are not after ‘Me frosted lucky charms’.

30. Not allowed to wake an Non-Commissioned Officer by repeatedly banging on the head with a bag of trash.

31. Not allowed to let sock puppets take responsibility for any of my actions.

32. Not allowed to let sock puppets take command of my post.

33. Not allowed to chew gum at formation, unless I brought enough for everybody.

34. (Next day) Not allowed to chew gum at formation even if I *did* bring enough for everybody.

35. Not allowed to sing ‘High Speed Dirt’ by Megadeth during airborne operations. (’See the earth below/Soon to make a crater/Blue sky, black death, I’m off to meet my maker’)

36. Can’t have flashbacks to wars I was not in. (The Spanish-American War isn’t over)..

37. Our medic is called ‘Sgt Larwasa’, not ‘Dr. Feelgood’.

38. Our supply Sgt is ‘Sgt Watkins’ not ‘Sugar Daddy’.

39. Not allowed to ask for the day off due to religious purposes, on the basis that the world is going to end, more than once.

40. I do not have super-powers.

41. ‘Keep on Trucking’ is *not* a psychological warfare message.

42. Not allowed to attempt to appeal to mankind’s baser instincts in recruitment posters.

43. Camouflage body paint is not a uniform.

44. I am not the atheist chaplain.

45. I am not allowed to ‘Go to Bragg boulevard and shake daddies little money maker for twenties stuffed into my undies’.

46. I am not authorized to fire officers.

47. I am not a citizen of Texas, and those other, forty-nine, lesser states.

48. I may not use public masturbation as a tool to demonstrate a flaw in a command decision.

49. Not allowed to trade military equipment for ‘magic beans’.

50. Not allowed to sell magic beans during duty hours.

51. Not allowed to quote ‘Dr Seuss’ on military operations.

52. Not allowed to yell ‘Take that Cobra’ at the rifle range.

53. Not allowed to quote ‘Full Metal Jacket ‘ at the rifle range.

54. ‘Napalm sticks to kids’ is *not* a motivational phrase.

55. An order to ‘Put Kiwi on my boots’ does *not* involve fruit.

56. An order to ‘Make my Boots black and shiny’ does not involve electrical tape.

57. The proper response to a lawful order is not ‘Why?’

58. The following words and phrases may not be used in a cadence- Budding sexuality, necrophilia, I hate everyone in this formation and wish they were dead, sexual lubrication, black earth mother, all Marines are latent homosexuals, Tantric yoga, Gotterdammerung, Korean hooker, Eskimo Nell, we’ve all got jackboots now, slut puppy, or any references to squid.

59. May not make posters depicting the leadership failings of my chain of command.

60. ‘The Giant Space Ants’ are not at the top of my chain of command.

61. If one soldier has a 2nd Lt bar on his uniform, and I have an E-4 on mine It means he outranks me. It does not mean ‘I have been promoted three more times than you’.

62.. It is better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission, no longer applies to Specialist Schwarz.

63. Command decisions do *not* need to be ratified by a 2/3 majority.

64. Inflatable novelties do *not* entitle me to BAQ or Separation pay.

65. There are no evil clowns living under my bed.

66. There is no ‘Anti-Mime’ campaign in Bosnia.

67. I am not the Psychological Warfare Mascot.

68. I may not line my helmet with tin foil to ‘Block out the space mind control lasers’.

69. May not pretend to be a facist stormtrooper, while on duty.

70. I am not authorized to prescribe any form of medication.

71. I must not flaunt my deviances in front of my chain of command.

72. May not wear gimp mask while on duty.

73. No military functions are to be performed ‘Skyclad’.

74. Woad is not camouflage makeup.

75. May not conduct psychological experiments on my chain of command.

76. “Teddy Bear, Teddy bear, turn around” is *not* a cadence.

77. The MP checkpoint is not an Imperial Stormtrooper roadblock, so I should not tell them “You don’t need to see my identification, these are not the droids you are looking for.”

78. I may not call block my chain of command.

79. I am neither the king nor queen of cheese.

80. Not allowed to wear a dress to any army functions.

81. May not bring a drag queen to the battalion formal dance.

82. May not form any press gangs.

83. Must not start any SITREP (Situation Report) with “I recently had an experience I just had to write you about….”

84. Must not use military vehicles to ‘Squish’ things.

85. Not allowed to make any Psychological Warfare products depicting the infamous Ft. Bragg sniper incident.

86. May not challenge anyone in my chain of command to the ‘field of honor’.

87. If the thought of something makes me giggle for longer than 15 seconds, I am to assume that I am not allowed to do it.

88. Must not refer to 1st Sgt as ‘Mom’.

89. Must not refer to the Commander as ‘Dad’.

90. Inflatable sheep do *not* need to be displayed during a room inspection.

91. I am not authorized to initiate Jihad.

92. When asked to give a few words at a military ceremony ‘Romper Bomper Stomper Boo’ is probably not appropriate.

93. Nerve gas is not funny.

94. Crucifixes do not ward off officers, and I should not test that.

95. I am not in need of a more suitable host body.

96. ‘Redneck Zombies’ is not a military training aid.

97. Gozer does not dwell in my refrigerator.

98. The proper response to a chemical weapon attack is not ‘Tell my chain of command what I really think about them, and then poke holes in their masks.’

99. A smiley face is not used to mark a minefield.

100. Claymore mines are not filled with yummy candy, and it is wrong to tell new soldiers that they are.

101. I am not allowed to mount a bayonet on a crew-served weapon.

102. Rodents are not entitled to burial with full military honors, even if they are “casualties of war”.

103. My commander is not old enough to have fought in the civil war, and I should stop implying that he did.

104. Vodka, green food coloring, and a ‘Cool Mint’ Listerine® bottle is not a good combination.

105. I am not allowed to bum cigarettes off of anyone under twelve.

106. I may not trade my rifle for any of the following: Cigarettes, booze, sexual favors, Kalishnikovs, Soviet Armored vehicles, small children, or bootleg CD’s..

107. Must not mock command decisions in front of the press.

108. Should not taunt members of the press, even if they are really fat, exceptionally stupid, and working for UPI.

109. I am not authorized to change national policy in Eastern Europe.

110. Never, ever, attempt to correct a Green Beret officer about anything.

111. I am not qualified to operate any US, German, Polish, or Russian Armored vehicles.

112. When saluting a ‘leg’ officer, an appropriate greeting is not “Airborne leads the wa- oh…sorry sir”.

113. There is absolutely no need to emulate the people from ‘Full Monty’ every time I hear the song “Hot Stuff”.

114. I cannot trade my CO to the Russians.

115. I should not speculate on the penis size of anyone who outranks me.

116. Crucifying mice – bad idea.

117. Must not use government equipment to bootleg pornography.

118. Burn pits for classified material are not revel fires – therefore it is wrong to dance naked around them.

119. I cannot arrest children for being rude.

120. An EO briefing is probably not the best place to unveil my newest off color joke.

121. I should not use government resources to ‘waterproof’ dirty magazines.

122. Radioactive material should not be stored in the barracks.

123. I should not teach other soldiers to say offensive and crude things in Albanian, under the guise of teaching them how to say potentially useful phrases.

124. Two drink limit does not mean first and last.

125. Two drink limit does not mean two kinds of drinks.

126. Two drink limit does not mean the drinks can be as large as I like.

127. ‘No Drinking Of Alcoholic Beverages’ does not imply that a Jack Daniel’s ® IV is acceptable.

128. “Shpadoinkle” is not a real word.

129. The Microsoft ® ‘Dancing Paperclip’ is not authorized to countermand any orders.

130. ‘I’m drunk’ is a bad answer to any question posed by my commander.

131. No dancing in the turret. This especially applies in conjunction with rule #113.

132. The loudspeaker system is not a forum to voice my ideas.

133. The loudspeaker system is not to be used to replace the radio.

134. The loudspeaker system is not to be used to broadcast the soundtrack to a porno movie.

135. An order to put polish on my boots means the whole boot.

136. Shouting ‘Let’s do the village! Let’s do the whole ****ing village!’ while out on a mission is bad.

137. Should not show up at the front gate wearing part of a Russian uniform, messily drunk.

138. Even if my commander did it.

139. Must not teach interpreters how to make “MRE” bombs.

140. I am not authorized to sell mineral rights.

141. Not allowed to use a broadsword to disprove ‘The Pen is Mightier than the sword’.

142. ‘Calvin-Ball’ is not authorized PT.

143. I do not need to keep a ‘range card’ by my window.

144. ‘K-Pot, LBE, and a thin coat of Break-free’ is not an authorized uniform.

145. I should not drink three quarts of blue food coloring before a urine test.

146. Nor should I drink three quarts of red food coloring, and scream during the same.

147. I should not threaten suicide with pop rocks and Coke ®.

148. Putting red ‘Mike and Ike’s’ ® into a prescription medicine bottle, and then eating them all in a formation is not funny.

149. Must not create new DOD forms, then insist they be filled out.

150. On Sports Day PT, a wedgie is not considered a legal tackle.

151. The proper way to report to my Commander is ‘Specialist Schwarz, reporting as ordered, Sir’ not ‘You can’t prove a thing!’

152. The following items do not exist: Keys to the Drop Zone, A box of grid squares, blinker fluid, winter air for tires, canopy lights, or Chem-Light ® batteries.

153. I should not assign new privates to ‘guard the flight line’.

154. Shouldn’t treat ‘piss-bottles’ with extra-strength icy hot.

155. Teaching Albanian children to taunt other soldiers is not nice.

156. I will no longer perform ‘lap-dances’ while in uniform.

157. If I take the uniform off, in the course of the lap-dance, it still counts.

158. The revolution is not now.

159. When detained by MP’s, I do not have a right to a strip search.

160. No part of the military uniform is edible.

161. Bodychecking General officers is not a good idea.

162. Past lives have absolutely no effect on the chain of command.

163. Take that hat off.

164. There is no such thing as a were-virgin..

165. I do not get ‘that time of month’.

166. No, the pants are not optional.

167. Not allowed to operate a business out of the barracks.

168. Especially not a pornographic movie studio.

169. Not even if they *are* ‘especially patriotic films’

170. Not allowed to ‘defect’ to OPFOR during training missions.

171. On training missions, try not to shoot down the General’s helicopter.

172. ‘A full magazine and some privacy’ is not the way to help a potential suicide.

173. I am not allowed to create new levels of security clearance.

174. Furby ® is not allowed into classified areas. (I swear to the gods, I did not make that up, it’s actually DOD policy).

175. We do not ‘charge into battle, naked, like the Celts’.

176. Any device that can crawl across the table on medium, does not need to be brought into the office.

177. I am not to refer to a formation as ‘the boxy rectangle thingie’.

178. I am not ‘A lesbian trapped in a man’s body’.

179. On Army documents, my race is not ‘Other’.

180. Nor is it ‘Secretariat, in the third’.

181. Pokémon® trainer is not an MOS.

182. There is no FM for ‘wall-to-wall counseling’.

183. My chain of command has neither the time, nor the inclination to hear about what I did with six boxes of Fruit Roll-Ups. ®

184. When operating a military vehicle I may *not* attempt something ‘I saw in a cartoon’.

185. My name is not a killing word..

186. I am not the Emperor of anything.

187. Must not taunt officers in the throes of nicotine withdrawal, with cigarettes.

188. May not challenge officers to ‘Meet me on the field of honor, at dawn’.

189. Do not dare SERE graduates to eat bugs. They will always do it.

190. Must not make s’mores while on guard duty.

191. Our Humvees cannot be assembled into a giant battle-robot.

192. The proper response to a briefing is not ‘That’s what you think’.

193. The Masons, and Gray Aliens are not in our chain of command.

194. Shouldn’t take incriminating photos of my chain of command.

195. Shouldn’t use Photoshop ® to create incriminating photos of my chain of command.

196. I am not allowed to give tattoos.

197. I am not allowed to sing ‘Henry the VIII I am’ until verse 68 ever again.

198. Not allowed to lead a ‘Coup’ during training missions.

199. I should not confess to crimes that took place before I was born.

200. My chain of command is not interested in why I ‘just happen’ to have a kilt, an inflatable sheep, and a box of rubber bands in the back of my car.

201. Must not valiantly push officers onto hand grenades to save the squad.

202. Despite the confusing similarity in the names, the “Safety Dance” and the “Safety Briefing” are never to be combined.

203. ‘To conquer the earth with an army of flying monkeys” is a bad long term goal to give the re-enlistment NCO.

204. NEVER nail a stuffed bunny to a cross and put it up in front of the Battalion Headquarters sign as an “Easter Desecration.”

205. Don’t write up false gigs on a HMMWV PMCS. (”Broken clutch pedal”, “Number three turbine has frequent flame-outs”, “flux capacitor emits loud whine when engaged”)

206. Not allowed to get shot.

207. The Chicken and Rice MRE is *not* a personal lubricant. (Skippy wanted this noted for the record that this is not something he has ever attempted or considered! It was something we heard at dinner on 22 September 2001 and it was just so obscene it had to go here..)

208. Not allowed to play into the deluded fantasies of the civlians who are “hearing conversations” from the NSA, FBI, CIA and KGB due to the microchip the aliens implanted in their brain.

209. An airsickness bag is to be used for airsickness *only*. (Also not a Skippy-ism…this was the same dinner.)

210. Must not make T-shirts up depciting a pig with the writing “Eat Pork or Die” in Arabic to bring as civilian attire when preparing to deploy to a primarily Muslim country.

211. Don’t ask LTC Steele to sign my copy of Blackhawk Down.

212. Must not go on nine deployments in six years that require a security clearance that I don’t have, even if the Army tells me repeatedly that I have one and I have no reason to question them.

213. Do not convince NCO’s that their razorbumps are the result of microscopic parasites.

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 FROM: FireCracker_Sandwiches:
 

ty ty for posting our wishes for men and women in the military 

and captain Simon katz 

hes a wonderful person

 hes been supporting us for 2 years in the milirary room its the least we can do for him and other military men and women

when can we hear another story from big tank the two posted were rib rollers a humor is wonderful
ty ty for posting our wishes for men and women in the military
and captain Simon katz
hes a wonderful person
hes been supporting us for 2 years in the milirary room its the least we can do for him and other military men and women
when can we hear another story from big tank the two posted were rib rollers a humor is wonderful
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FROM: Steinman

Shalom Jews With Views.

Thank You Very much .

I would like to leave a comment for Levana Haza.Thank You so much for sharing this sensative personal experience.I thought about it during this shabbat, and even shared the story with my teen aged kids and we discussed the issue of doing something to show the IDF our appreciation for all they do to keep Eretz Israel and all whom live there safe. We have several ideas of what special way we would like to show our appreciation, perhaps we will try all of our ideas.Thank You for that intitial thought for these ideas.

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Art Spiegleman to me
Thanks to Jews with Views

Word up to da best sarge Tank yo!. Tank you following your crew on FOB’s Wtf?>fobbits graze in Candy Cane Forest more than three times a day, too. I didn’t know they made uniforms that big, you dig?           hahahahahaha.They just don’t know no bettah.’”

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Mindy Kohen to me

This post is a response to Agvidor Rudofsky;
Let me remind you sir that men and women serving in the military in the United States and Israel are NOT participants of war, and do not enlist with that perspective.. These men and women you speak of in your comment are the pursuers and the securers of all of our freedoms.including, ‘your own’.Someone has to do it.. Right Mr. Rudofsky? and thank GD for the bravery and determination to fight best, for all of our security from these fine and brave who defend us. Why does this have to be ?.. you said it best Mr. Rudofsky. “Because we have war. It is unfortunate, but is so. and will be so, until, terrorism is stompt out forever, Please pray that day comes and your children see that day.

editors note:
Mindy,  I have read your ‘Poem To Your Son’  a few times in the paltalk rooms
They were brought to tears for your sensitve beautiful tender love you give of your self
or was it because I am a good reader?  lol
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