The Yom Kippur War was not Israel’s most costly war in terms of lives.  In the War of Independence, Israel lost nearly three times as many lives as in the Yom Kippur War.  But it was an extremely costly war.  Israel lost many of it’s most precious young men and women – more than 2,000 lives and thousands more that were wounded.  The war came as almost a total surprise to much of the army and political apparatus in Israel.

One young officer that was wounded was Avner Tzadok.  This snapshot look back at a young soldier who clearly is filled with life is very important.  It gives us a snapshot of the spirit that the Jewish people have in their battle to defend the Land of Israel.

Survival and Rebuilding

There are many leaders of the Land of Israel today who fought in the Yom Kippur War.  Some of them came out wounded.  But they did not spend the rest of their lives complaining or feeling bad for themselves.  They got up and built up organizations and yeshivot (institutions of higher learning.)  They realized that our connection to the Land needs to be much deeper.  It became clear that the liberated lands of Judea and Samaria were still largely empty and needed to be resettled.

Many of the leaders were Yom Kippur War veterans who spent months in hospitals.  There they decided that a new kind of leadership was needed for the Land of Israel.  The Land should not be empty and Israel needs to stand strong against the Land of Israel.