Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen, educate the next generation of commanders of the IDF time agreement

צילום: איריס ליינר, דובר צה”ל

The outgoing Commander of the College believes that the Commander who doesn’t know how to tell a story, can’t be control and in service is a story of love. Personal and exclusive interview

תאריך: 11/11/2011, 11:31    
מחבר: דניאלה בוקור, אתר צה”ל

The door opens easily and gently reveals slightly larger than average room, awash in golden light and Venus of the ebbs and the large wooden table.
Behind the desk stand out from the crowded shelves, tired in many books, books
Belly fat and how section five? sector tshibo pages at the time and others running the course. Mixture of the words hard to receive the names of each volume and, but skillful eye can detect the headings dealing with philosophy and sacred literature, goeth glimpsed between novels, reference books and research.

I look at the advanced Champ to come and throw into space “you have quite a few books.
Harm of mischief nature in the eyes of the Commander of military colleges and the fifth column, and he turned toward me. “Not everything,” he says gleefully and niche behind it. “Treasures.”

Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen, Commander of the Northern Corps that soon will end his role as Commander of military colleges is more than a fascinating personality. The conversation is intellectually enriching experience rifle, and the answer he gives is borne anecdotes and curiosities.
He cites without pause and skip between periods extensions: one minute he paints to the Apostles of Christianity the Roman approach, then the spotlight is turned to Peter Beinart’s article in the New York Review of hooks.

Long route past the life Cohen until applied to chotepotav demoted.
He grew up in a religious family in Jerusalem in the mid 1950s, and as a child studied to resolve the tensions, and the invisible, between East and West Europe in pioneering country.
At 17, rose from Vilna to Palestine Israel grandmother in East Europe, along with her sister, driving
“Hapoel HaMizrachi. With them was a modest dowry of sheets and pillowcases. With the least.
The sisters soon in a pioneer. “These people were people of vision who lived out of Temperance”, describes an appreciation, “champion of hard work. As a child recognize how my mother, she has saved farmers what Hickey’s, ה”פיינשמקרים, do. At first I’d say her with this I’m not going with you. ‘ “

His father was born in Israel and his parents immigrated from Central Europe. “Zionism,” emotional highlights. “After the first world war they came, not because of the atrocities.
Of Hitler. In Vienna, there were other things. Where did the strudels they touch of
Style and culture. The people of Eastern Europe, called bastiigot by the OST Germany-pilgrims yodan, worked hard. He says. The mentality of the groups felt the priest, with his first wife, the daughter of immigrants from Germany parents.
“I admired them, including their world-view,” he recalled. “They were scholars, Jewish studies.

In my first major meeting with her grandmother’s sitting room, to the German scale and listened to the Opera the magic flute by Mozart and I had to follow all the sheet music. I understand that these people have a lot to offer and this much beauty and plenty of temptation. Along the way I passed a long journey where I realized how these people.
Will never be able to connect to life in the Middle East. They were crops. They are good people, but indeed Basta in the Carmel market wouldn’t let them.

“I admire the OST-yodan” because they are the ones who could bear the suffering of those early years, from the priest. “This is a worldview that people perceive life in great standing power.” The poor, simple life, he says, are described in the most beautiful manner in Robison, “Russian Romance”. “I told him personally,” Meir wrote the book I wanted to write, “he adds with a smile,” slowly over the years, I realized how my personal strength, my ability to bear the burden of military service over so many years, these sources of Jews who came from there. From poverty and scarcity of Eastern Europe, the pioneer of anhaishot
The first few days and Israel land difficult that enabled them to endure suffering, rather than the very, very pleasant life of Central Europe “.

 

Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen, educate the next generation of commanders of the IDF time agreement

“Gilad has become a national icon.”

Although raised in a religious family, the priest removed at a relatively young age the human wearing a skullcap and defines itself, and once כ”דתי with a transparent dome. Meanwhile, Gen. Gershon Hacohen formulated the guiding ideologies and adopted to the ethical system, Republican representative democracy has democracy rather than liberal. Collective orders are guiding Cohens champion’s legs, and by understanding the Jewish existence also need collective to survive. “For this purpose also built a religious way of life,” he says.  “The seder takes place in the family and the synagogue needs a quorum because without which no synagogue.

In the collective Republican before, but the collective is not just a collection of individuals, “he explained and provided them.” The collective has a mission as a group. It is also important
In terms of the bereaved family. My little girl, now 7, it was four. Her grandfather, father, wife killed in Lebanon in 1983. So is straight when recording
Realized he killed and the question always is who won and who lost. At this point she said: “Grandpa Salomon lost and we won. If we only have gained people lost their world. There are other bereaved family and another nor can gain comfort but in relation to rule and the rule’s victory.

“In a general greeting before retiring, the presence event, greeted him Brig. Gen. put the return of Gilad Shalit.” A number of colleges Chief. He said the military must do everything to put troops in peace. The problem is that he can’t do everything that the force and brutality of war cut someone. In this case, whoever loses his life, but his family’s comfort is the biggest contribution he gave to therefore included the story is so crucial.

רס”ל Gilad Shalit, often referred to as the” society’s child “example in the eyes of the same champion a cohesive and stronger collective that grow from within the painful story and the details. “And thank God he’s back.
What happened with Gilad Shalit was indeed the battle procedure based on liberal values, but Gilead has become a national symbol, and thus really just Gilad Shalit back. In a symbol of their return was also the national ethos of collective success, so it’s not necessarily was the success of the liberal side.

“We have a life mission is beyond private lives as befitting”, he continues to describe, we link to the win. The here and now is just part of it. The here and now is
Not all dark. That’s another story entirely liberal story, interested and focused on the here and now. ” The Cohen and explains that public space is an integral part of his private life. “I see in the public field team who require me, no less than in the field. Religion not only in the field. There are commands to inherit the Earth. For that I need. Only the Organization of country I can fulfill this commandment.
The country for me is a story which I deliver you my life and really any idea of the nation. There is a nation. The nation has an entity in itself and a vision of a nation “.

“We can establish a State victims ‘ stellar effort as lead Ben Gurion if your story is just the individual,” the Champ “my God priest Did Ben Gurion, OST yodan could say ‘ at all costs ‘ Jerusalem when he sent the army to fight the Latrun
And the way to town? And again, for what price, if not for the Jewish nation. For this point raise expectations of Ben Gurion, views that are 2000 years ago, that never can be realized by the details individually.
The collective is also where I can hear your private life. “

The romantic era of the Cohen

In 1973 enlisted the Kohen and fought in the Yom Kippur war when alive. Shortly thereafter, localized and armor served in various command positions in Division 7. Is the regimental chain of command until the first Lebanon war in 1982, then confided in charge of publishing an article naming anonymous. The document is perceived as defiance against war, which stated the priest why his act of Eli Geva was legitimate.
This honest confession in front of former Chief of general staff Rafael Eitan, led to the ouster.

I decided to ask the Commander of military colleges and the Northern Corps, to Molly,
Does he still get to the heart of it young 27 in shrioner I believe that Chief among my responsibilities to do steps that correspond to the view. “The commander must be able to breathe in soldiers,” he nods after long thought. “He wasn’t a mercenary, and the Palmach understood that everyone understood. He not only came to the army in order to make a living somehow. If it was so soon, that is just my fate in life, they were mercenaries who would bring victory, but not so. It
Everyone understood.

I knocked and asked what happens when personal decision is inconsistent with the collective will, when there is a head-on collision between a sovereign order. This question presents big smile again. “82 I was a very young man. Highly evolved since I know things today that I didn’t understand at the time. If I write you my development novel now I write it like Goethe ב”וילהלם Meister”. The hero in the beginning through the romantic surroundings, but hungry. In the end, have to make a living and the hero becomes a bourgeois. The romantic era is a period in the development of some sort is necessary, but
Finally got a life of work. “

“The question is whether this event reaching the right people.”

This incident is not over the affair of the military world champion and he was 48, 7 and later Division Commander. Two years later she began Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan, and champion, as opposed to the application program principle became an officer stationed on the evacuation of the Gaza Strip. As a person whose loyalty is to the sovereign, the army and State authorities committed the priest at the General the mission entrusted to it. He explains that “throughout life there are contradictions. Life is a contradiction between the values. Judaism understood it as early as Saturday and the control rejects. Moral life are built on building balance within points of tension, and within that day needed to balance point.
And reality-changing. “

In 2006, Cohen won the champion for promotion and became Commander of military colleges, and in
2010-degree from the Northern Corps Commander “Earthquakes” manifest in Arab countries, a memory about the demonstrators crossed the fence in Nakba Day and yet the Palestinian Authority closing Leapfrogs to submit a request for recognition of a Palestinian State or even the priest doesn’t stay indifferent to fragility in the northern border. “We are ready for anything. Quite simply, “it States.

For its part, champion of the army to maintain alertness and competence, but another factor disturbing the rest even more prepared. “ITV event may have to prepare for it, the army should prepare. But the underlying question is whether when reaching this event, requiring mobilization of all forces of the nation not only in terms of resources, but also
Spiritually prepare the people right, wonder the priest. “The allegations have about
82 in this domain are removed with no war prepared by him. Not so with publishers, and I’m not talking about it from the standpoint of practical but moral.
If a leader wants to get to war, should make it, “he explains.

“It’s not just the strength of the people, but the ability to tell a story underlying the question why, why. What was true for example when Lopez realized in early 2000 that there is no way we can recruit recruiting reserves and go to war. It took a year and a half before the operation defensive shield. Not only for international legitimacy but also for legitimacy. Taking time to internalize and understand. Cast lead took too long, and it was true, “he adds.

“In the event he dedication and a love story.”

Soon turn Gen. Gershon Hacohen Depew kneeling under the weight of books and leaves the “Commander of military colleges” and, to his successor. The outgoing champion slightly harder to define what made him the “other” Gershon Cohen compared to its predecessors, and what contributed or the military colleges. He thinks about it a few minutes before he states that he “don’t want to work with to see what what is promoted. I don’t like such management methods, quantitative indices names. “

“Most of the things I’ve done here, nobody ever measured,” he continues, “the outgoing pilot flight school. Know how to test how he flew: a skyrocket, lands. Doing it well. But as issue and school on the test is not what people know when they come out. As far as I’m concerned, the specific knowledge you don’t have to remember. What matters is what happens to them afterwards and what effect moving them so that when they meet someday where people haven’t stood in front of them and they are there to do and think and act
And to lead. The world will not be causal way-say ‘ it physics. ‘
And that’s it. “

For anyone looking for “tip of Champions” champion got some priest Gershon Commander begins. “First should like. Like you can not be a shepherd
Like sheep and may not not like his horse, “he said. “If horses of any infected had touched and he wasn’t treated, were down and sloppy. To treat the soldiers first have an obligation to understand even the basic standards of debts you have on this, debts to their needs. And consequently, also the responsibility to make their suffering. “

As part of this opinion the Cohen needs to know how to sacrifice time and sincere desire to help.
“When a person you don’t say ‘ I was just going to go. When Meg and saw not interviewing soldiers about adversity, declared that anyone who wants to talk to me, all
Time of the day. Majid came allegations that I came to speak with the soldiers before them and said ‘ you don’t work “it’s an obligation on As you control other than the obligation to those people have. Should do it for love and dedicate this Supreme devotion. “

The other thing that is required from the Chief is the ability to tell your underlings. “I knew why. All, at every level. Not only a Prime Minister. A leader who doesn’t know how to tell a story is
Not a leader. Need to talk in a way that people understand “story, way back, champion
“Man without a story can’t connect. Life story and you’ve got a story to tell and what determines your ability to convince this isn’t it “logic.

And what is next? Meanwhile keep commanding Corps and if there is a war, I’d love to try to bring salvation to the people Israel. I do not know. Some people that the army which he jumped to be ceo is important. In the event he devotion and love story. And I do it with love. Just terrible. “

Translated from Hebrew

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