Friday, June 01, 2012


After the Army…

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths


     It is almost a fixed tradition. When Israeli boys go into the army, they save up all their pay, and then, as soon as they are discharged, they go to India or to the cheapest places in the Far East to “relax.” It really means to “let go!” especially of all of the discipline that they had to put up with. Then, after their year or two of doing what Israeli kids like to do most, as soon as they run out of money, they return home, and ask the question that perhaps they should have asked before they left…

“What am I going to do with my life?”


  1. Baruch hashem, I think we passed the peak of discharged soldiers leaving the country post-army for these treks and more and more understand the need to get a job and start with the rest of their lives. So it's not tens of thousands, just several thousands...

    I think it's an incredible shift of youth confidence in Israel and seriousness. Surprisingly, the trend of less flying contrasts the rising discharge bursury.

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