IDF Staff Sgt. Yossi Bluming, on the front lines in Israel, has a request for all on how to help the current war effort. In a video message, Bluming says that the army can not succeed without all kinds of support, and we can all help.
Bluming and a handful of his comrades were recently recognized as Outstanding Soldiers who continuously excel in the Israel Defense Forces’ 6,000-strong Paratroopers Brigade, JNS reported.
The award honors soldiers who not only apply maximum effort to their duties but also build positive relationships throughout the IDF and the communities they serve.
Bluming, who made aliyah from the U.S. three years ago, commands a unit of 18 combat soldiers. His unit has been assigned challenging tasks along the northern border and throughout Judea and Samaria.
Bluming said that he was humbled to receive the honor. Reflecting on his service as a Chassidic soldier, he told JNS, “In the IDF, I have not had to sacrifice any part of my religious identity for my professional identity. My colleagues respect that.”
Bluming is the son of Rabbi Mendel and Sara Bluming, leaders of the Chabad of Potomac in Maryland. Yossi and his wife, Batya, reside in a small community in Israel.
A Chabad Chossid, Yossi Bluming said that “the Rebbe encouraged us to shine the light of Judaism through the life we live, wherever we live.”