IDF heroes reconnect at basketball game

Magical and Emotional Embrace at the Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Game

From: Web Site Editor - 11:23 | 03/02/2015 | (Photo by: web site editor )

The city of Jerusalem has been abuzz this year with the opening of the new state-of-the-art 125 million dollar Payis Arena. Fans from all over Israel have been flocking to watch games at this incredible venue. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Yashar LaChayal, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to IDF soldiers, have teamed up to raise funds for a luxury suite at the new arena for wounded IDF soldiers.  The idea behind the suite was to enable the soldiers to experience full VIP service at the games as a token of appreciation for all that they have sacrificed for Israel, while also giving them an opportunity to enjoy a break from their rehab and daily challenges.

Many of the soldiers who attend Hapoel Jerusalem games were wounded in this past summer's Operation Protective Edge. X, a combat soldier, was in his tank when it sustained a direct hit from an enemy anti-tank missile. Initially, everyone thought there was no way he could have survived the attack.  Nevertheless, another solider, Y took the initiative to call a rescue helicopter on the small chance that X may still be alive. That phone call ended up saving X's life. Miraculously, X survived and today is in the process of rehabilitation. 

X recently attended a Hapoel game in the suite as a guest of Yahar LaChayal. While X was enjoying the atmosphere and the view from the suite, he spotted the same soldier who saved his life sitting just a few rows below the suite. This was the first time since the battlefield that X saw Y the soldier who saved his life. Hapoel Jerusalem staff quickly made arrangements to bring Y into the suite so that the two soldiers could reunite. 

Needless to say, it was a magical moment when the two soldiers embraced each other. The location of this meeting did not go unnoticed; both soldiers deeply appreciated and were grateful that this time they got to spend time together in a luxury suite at a Hapoel Jerusalem basketball game, rather than on the battlefield. 

If you are able to make a donation to help support Hapoel Jerusalem and Yashar LeChayal's efforts to thank IDF soldiers for all they do, please click here: www.yasharlachayal.org/donate

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