Each of us has an old childhood dream. We dreamt that our heart’s desire will prove true as we got older; some of us see our futures as the next pilot, singer, or cook. The Jewish holiday ‘Purim’ is the one day we can actually live out those dreams. In tribute to the national holiday, we sent three of our bravest journalists to give up their daily duties and put on their favorite costume. They chose to keep their uniforms on and headed out for a whole day in the roles of the soldiers they would have liked to replace
Lya Shanel, Shir Golan and Shai Rosenfeld
Queen of the Opera–an IAF Singer
Much like any girl, I also had the dream of becoming a famous singer when I got older. Unfortunately, as years passed by, and the off key sounds of my voice in music class emanated from my throat, I decided to give up my glamorous dream and pursue a more realistic fantasy, such as becoming a journalist. In all honesty, my childhood dreams have yet to vanish and so against all odds I took advantage of Purim in order to live out my dream even if only for one day. I became a singer of the IAF vocal group that counts many successful Israeli singers among its alumni.
With a microphone in hand and much hope in my heart, I stormed into the rehearsal room of the IAF band in Hertzelia. I was greeted with an Israeli hit “A song for my brother” by Kobi Aflalo and Elay Botner.I joined the group of singing and instrument-playing soldiers and tried to follow. As I hummed some lyrics to myself “…You will be happy in the end of the road…”, I realized that none of them would be happy if they had to listen to my dreadful voice. In conclusion I stuck to my original plan and gave up on my vocal extravaganza. I am grateful though, for getting to bring a pinch of my aspirations alive.
Who Turned Off the Lights?–A Night Vision Aviation Training Session
Any person who has worn glasses from a young age would agree that being able to see cannot be taken for granted. Once you get older, join the Israeli Defense Forces and realize that your duties have increased–worrying about your vision takes on a whole new meaning. This week, I got the opportunity to ‘adjust my view’ though a different pair of glasses then I’m used to. My journey began I walked towards the Physiological wing of the Aerial Medicine Unit. As I marched bravely into a dark room, a 3D model of Israel’s map stood before my eyes.
I began feeling like a true member of the Aerial Team who is trying to find her path through the darkness while putting on the unique night vision mask. During the training session, we practiced our vision in different lightings like a full moon light, strong antenna light, and the light of a landing helicopter. I was trying to identify a different destination when I understood that even looking though eye vision glasses during the night isn’t easy as it looks.
I may have felt like a very important part of the Aerial Defense Team for just a moment, but luckily for the rest of us, there are people who work around the clock and know their job better than me.
I Was Promised Good Food!–An Airbase Cook
Since the 8th grade, everyone has known that I wasn’t going to get dressed up for Purim. This time, I decided to break my tradition and travel to Hatzor Airbase to become a cook for 24 hours. Obviously, I was promised something in return–really good food.
As I entered the cafeteria, I was welcomed by the Commander of the Nutritional Unit of the base, Major Shlomi Amar. “Hello” he said gladly, “Your uniform for today is placed in the next room, so hurry up get dressed. We have a lot of work to do!”. I observed the two female soldiers standing in-between the large cooking pots while cutting up onions (in a very symmetrical manner, I must note). A moment later, I found myself trying really hard to make special ‘burekas’ (A special Israeli pastry) for the hungry soldiers. “Hurry up, you still have got to bake the bread. And don’t forget the soup and the cake”, Major Shlomi commands.
I really was trying to complete my task in the best possible way, but the cake cooking was interrupted and I was sent to wash dishes. “Its all part of the job”, said Major Shlomi with a smile. My only hope is that no Hatzor Airbase soldier was left starving.