Marching side by side with his brothers and commanders

Elisha, from Edgware, London. He serves as a combat soldier in the Kfir Brigade.

Elisha attended a gap year program in Israel, which was his inspiration to make Aliyah and join the army. Elisha said, “The Lone Soldier Center helped me a lot before I enlisted, they advised me, told me who to speak to and where to go. Now that I’m already in the army, I try to pop in whenever I’m off base.”

Thus far, his service has been an interesting, yet difficult adjustment, and in his own words: “I don’t think Israelis appreciate the fact that they can go home to and enjoy the small things, such as chicken soup. But it is okay because the lone soldier community has become my family, here in Israel.”

Elisha was most surprised when he came across the kindness and helpfulness of his other fellow Israeli soldiers.When he first drafted, he had very poor Hebrew skills, and his squad took it upon themselves to help on a daily basis and improve his Hebrew.

After the army, Elisha plans to stay in Israel to study, though his major is still undecided.

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