Reader-submitted: To the Brave Soldier from Lakewood

opinionReader-submitted: The following letter was submitted by an anonymous reader, in response to the letter by the Lakewood IDF soldier:

To the brave IDF soldier who wrote the letter that was printed in TLS:

Separated by miles we may be apart

But all day long you are in my heart.

Each moment whatever I set out to do

I do as a merit for you.

When I awake and begin to pray

“This merit is for you- the IDF soldier”- I say

And when I put my arm around a troubled friends shoulder,

I say the merit should go to you- the IDF soldier

And when over Shabbat I said all the Psalms

I prayed that you- the IDF Soldier should not get harmed

And when I volunteered for hours on end

I prayed that in peace the war should end

And when I played with children so their mom can have a break

I said it should be a Merit for you and prayed for your sake

And when I told clients I will write off their charge

I prayed that G-d save you-the IDF soldier from harm

And when my family said Amein after Blessing

I prayed that your suffering should quickly lessen

And when I gave up something of mine

I had you-the IDF soldier in mind

And when in my heart I forgave all Jews

I prayed it should be in your Merit and we should hear good news

So all day long whatever good deeds I do

I am praying it should be a positive merit for you.

Whatever comes your way- day or night

Am Yisroel Chai -Be strong – Hold tight.

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