This Sunday is Mother’s Day, when we all show appreciation for the important mothers in our lives. The brave men and women of the IDF are no different – they each learned their strength and virtue from someone. The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) has provided this moving letter from a 24-year-old officer in the Israeli Navy that states these sentiments about his own “ima” (“mother” in Hebrew):
My mother is an incredibly strong woman, and has always been there for her children, through thick and thin. In the intense first stage of my training in Eilat, in the Naval Officer’s Course, our cell phones were taken and we had only a few minutes on Fridays to call home. A week after I began the course, my commander surprised me by handing me a few letters, one for each day since I’d arrived. From that day onwards and throughout those difficult months, I received a letter from my Ima every single day. Those letters kept me going, especially when my older brother, serving in the Paratroopers Brigade, was participating in an operation and I had little news of him because of my training. It is her strength that has always made me strong and still keeps me going. Love you, Ima.