Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Soldiers and sandwiches


S is for soldiers and sandwiches (or in Hebrew, sandvitchim). 
They were sitting just outside the Old City wall.
I think they were getting a head start while  "guarding" their comrades' lunchboxes.

I took the photo from across the street so you will have to click once or twice to see the boys better. 

Once inside Jaffa Gate they started trekking like Sherpas down the narrow pedestrian-only lanes of the Old City.
The whole group of young soldiers was probably waiting for them at the open square in the Jewish Quarter, where there is room to picnic.

Walking around with a knowledgeable guide, learning about our national heritage  is part of soldiers' training in the Israel Defense Forces.

And as Napoleon reportedly said, "C'est la soupe qui fait le soldat," meaning "An army travels [or marches] on its stomach," meaning  "a group of soldiers or workers can only fight or function effectively if they have been well fed."

Bon appetit, dear soldiers!  
(A post for ABC Wednesday meme.)


richies said...

I think that teaching the soldiers about their national heritage is a great idea.
An Arkies Musings

photowannabe said...

When we were in Israel and visited Yad Vashem we saw many young soldiers paying their respects and learning about their history.
Love your candid photos of the lunch Sherpas.

Hels said...

agreed...Food is always important, but even more so when young people are away from home.

Israeli lads seem to lose weight and become leaner and fitter, during their 3 years in the army. Perhaps it is all that rigorous exercise, or perhaps their food is healthier.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

I understand that saying, as I can only function after being well fed!

Roger Owen Green said...

The Earl of Sandwich had a SENSATIONAL idea!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful photos, nice to see Jerusalem again! Valerie

Reader Wil said...

Ha,ha..."C'est la soupe qui fait le soldat,! I like that!

VP said...

I took some pictures like these a long time ago, but it was at Damascus Gate. I wonder where are now those young soldiers, I remember one of them was one of the first falashas I saw in uniform.

Joy said...

That looks a good task to volunteer for, the pick of the sandwiches.
Joy - ABC Team

Dina said...

Thanks all for your fun comments.

VP, that's nice to wonder about. BTW, we don't call them Falashim anymore, but rather "Israelis of Ethiopian descent" (Yisraelim yotsei Ethiopia).