Nov 20, 2012
Lubavitchers Return For War
IDF activist Tziki Aud (C) greets Leikin (L) & Lazarov | Photo: Gideon Markovitch, Israel Hayom

New York Lubavitchers Shmulik Lazarov, 24, and Shalom Leikin, 21, flew to Israel to enlist in the fight against Gaza terrorists.

Danny Brenner reports in Israel Hayom:

Young people from all over the world who served in the Israeli army and have since returned to their home countries have contacted the Israel Defense Forces asking if they can return to Israel to join in the fight against Gaza terrorists.

Tziki Aud, 59, founder of the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Sgt. Michael Levin (who was killed in the 2006 Second Lebanon War), which supports soldiers from abroad, said on Sunday that he had received more than 100 inquiries from former soldiers seeking to assist their comrades in Israel.

14 have already arrived in Israel at their own expense to join their combat units, Aud said.

On Monday, Aud went to the Ben-Gurion International Airport with Yoav Ziskind, a member of the Lone Soldier Center's management, to greet two more soldiers who flew in from New York: Sgt. Shmulik Lazarov, 24, and Staff Sgt. Shalom Leikin, 21.

"I heard what was happening and decided to come here," Lazarov said. "I feel a sense of belonging here, a responsibility and a desire to contribute to the war effort."

And Leikin said, "Every Jew in the world has a responsibility to protect Israel. I didn't have to come back to Israel, but there's nothing that would stop me from coming."

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You rock
Shmuly you rock!
(11/20/2012 9:39:08 AM)
You guys are the best
Am yisroel chai! These guys are amazing, true fighters for the jewish people! Stay safe, our prayers are with you!
(11/20/2012 9:46:21 AM)
Be safe
Just like you arrived in Israel in health, you should return back home to your families in health. Hashem should be with you and all your brave soldiers.
(11/20/2012 9:54:30 AM)
G-d should bless you & protect you.
(11/20/2012 10:06:20 AM)
Kol Hakavod!
Chabad shows again how it stands by Israel... Rain or Shine... Frum or not!
(11/20/2012 10:07:52 AM)
Fix the title
"Lubavitchers Return For Am Yisrael"
They would be there for anything, unfourchatly now it is for war
(11/20/2012 10:08:22 AM)
(11/20/2012 10:09:33 AM)
keep it up
Kick some........... God and the rebbi should give u guys the power
(11/20/2012 10:16:40 AM)
you 2 are amazing!!!!!

go texas :)
(11/20/2012 10:36:51 AM)
proud parents
may Hashem protect our noble sons from any harm and may they get the job done quickly and efficiently! we are very proud to have you as our son, so noble and courageous! somehow the Tzivos Hashem charts weren't quite enough for you! you are fighting in Hashem's army both b'gashmius and b'ruchnious! moshiach NOW!
(11/20/2012 10:37:23 AM)
mi k'amcha Yisrael!!!!!!
(11/20/2012 10:45:17 AM)
Go give it to them...
Go Lakein!
Your dedication to am yisrael and eretz yisrael is something to be admired. Now go fight for what's right and come home safe
(11/20/2012 10:55:02 AM)
Shmuli--you make us proud!!!!
May Hashem protect you and the whole country of Israel! We need Moshiach now!
(11/20/2012 11:37:33 AM)
Lubavitch Soldiers
There are quite a few Lubavitch soldiers from Crown Heights and other places that are active duty at this time... Kudos to all of them!
(11/20/2012 11:46:05 AM)
Shalom I love you ur the best!
(11/20/2012 12:02:11 PM)
go sholom leikin ur good old friend from back in the day of OT!!!
(11/20/2012 2:44:12 PM)
Yosef Peysin
Good Luck Shmuly!!!!!!!!
(11/20/2012 2:48:23 PM)
check out this video of shalom lakein in action!

a true chayal! i can't believe my little classmate from yeshiva has grown up to be this tower of inspiration for jews everywhere! what a tzadik! hashem should bless him and every soldier to be safe, strong and successful!!
(11/20/2012 3:53:03 PM)
Go Shmuly and all soldiers!
biking for kids with special needs, fighting for our brethren Shmuly you are always helping people in so many ways!!! Be strong! We love you man!
(11/20/2012 4:17:55 PM)
Go Shalom Leikin ur the best
thank u so much every Israeli Solder is a Hero
(11/20/2012 6:16:17 PM)
Why havent you mentioned any of the other guys who flew back to Israel?
Or the soldiers who are already in the IDF????
(11/20/2012 6:32:48 PM)
We started a campaign FOR the safety of the soldiers here. For the Lone Soldiers, for all of the IDF.

The goal of this campaign is to get as many people as possible, from all over the world, to pledge to take on an extra good deed for the safety of the people here in Israel! Regardless of what it is, regardless of your background- if you take it on for the safety of Israel, then it will literally save lives!

We have reached over 45,000 people!!!! WE NEED MORE! We need YOU!

Join the event and invite all your friends!!
(11/20/2012 6:55:23 PM)
Yossy H
Special thanks 2 Chaim H and the other Mile donor's for making this possible.
(11/20/2012 7:24:28 PM)
yesher koach!!!
Hashem should bless you and protect you and all the other soldiers who are protecting our Holy Land!!!
(11/20/2012 7:41:06 PM)
family member
We are also so proud of Chaim Avrohom Rabinowitz who is one of those soldiers to fly back at his own expense to rejoin his combat unit.
(11/20/2012 11:11:36 PM)
(11/20/2012 11:39:38 PM)
You guys are
an Inspiration to us all
(11/20/2012 11:41:00 PM)
Kol Hakavod
May hashem bless and protect you.
(11/21/2012 7:58:20 AM)
Tziki you are a tzaddik. You are a really special person and it's clear why all the boys love and respect you. May god bless you with a very happy long life.

To all the brave soldiers protecting the holy land: May hashem protect and guide you. My prayers are with you.

Am Yisrael Chai!
(11/21/2012 1:25:04 PM)
Aliya member
Their are many Aliya members that served in the IDF that want to go back to help our country. Cost of a one way ticket is $700. please email if you would like to help more soldiers return to their posts.
(11/21/2012 6:43:47 PM)
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