Onward, Jewish Soldiers
Jews in Green fave Alison Buckholtz scribed a great article for Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life.
When my husband Scott shipped out to Baghdad last month, he left a lot behind; he knew he’d be weighed down with duffel bags full of body armor, combat gear, and new Army uniforms, so he put aside most of what he really wanted to take. (Although he is an active-duty Navy pilot, he’s in Iraq working with a joint services force for 12 months.) Recently, I gathered these items to include in his first care package. During his many past deployments, including one he returned from barely a year ago, I developed an intimate relationship with the postal service, and as I began to transfer his belongings into multiple flat-rate boxes, I sighed. Here we go, I thought, anxious all over again about the year ahead.
After repackaging the new undershirts, old New Yorkers, phone cards, Speed Sticks, DVDs, and extra flight suits, I spotted the siddur. It’s small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. The black leatherette cover is stamped in gold and reads, in Hebrew and English:
FOR JEWISH PERSONNEL
IN THE ARMED FORCES
OF THE UNITED STATES
I still have my nicely bound Siddur, though mine is dated a little more recently and edited by Rabbi Stephen O. Parnes, the fellow who married Leah and I. The small Jewish world in which we live…