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IDF Chanukah at Herodion

Tags: Soldiers and Defense, Chanukah, Holidays, Chagim, Laura Ben David

By Laura Ben-David

Ancient Herodion is a stronghold that stands in the Judean Hills dating back to the very end of the Hasmonean dynasty that began with the Chanukah story itself.

To stand atop Herodion, overlooking Jerusalem and the Judean Hills, with more than 1500 IDF soldiers, the current defenders of those very same hills, is an incredible thrill and honor. Add to that, the lighting of the Chanukah candles and beautiful songs sung by the IDF Rabbinate band - despite freezing throughout was an experience I wouldn’t have missed for anything.

Inspired by her Aliyah experience, Laura began writing and never stopped. She is the author of the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has spoken about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel. Formerly the head of social media at Nefesh B'Nefesh, Laura is currently the director of marketing at Shavei Israel, as well as a marketing consultant.


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