Spitting Image 1:2 — The Soldier and the Soul

Yonason Goldson

477899628_d1My son told me this morning that, as he was just beginning his training in the IDF special forces, he met a soldier who was just finishing his service in the same unit, Gadsar Nachal.

“I envy you, ” said the retiring warrior.  “And I feel sorry for you.  I envy you for the incredible experience you’re about to have.  And I feel sorry for you because it will be harder than you can imagine.”

I immediately imagined two souls passing as one descends from on high to take its place inside a newborn child and the other departs this world on its way to receive its eternal reward.

“I envy you,” says the ascending soul to the one about to enter the material world.  “And I feel sorry for you.  I envy you for the joy you will find serving the Master of the Universe, a joy that I will never know again now that…

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