Michael Levin: You can’t fulfill your dream unless you dare to risk it all.

Today’s post is in memory of Michael Levin on the seventh anniversary of his death.

Michael moved to Israel from Philadelphia in 2002 and joined the Paratroopers. In the summer of 2006, Michael was given leave to visit his family in the US. Two weeks into his trip, war broke out on Israel’s northern border when Hezbollah ambushed an Israeli Army patrol, killing five reservists and kidnapping Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. When Israel crossed the border in an attempt to rescue them, Hezbollah began its assault on Israel, launching thousands of rockets at the communities of northern Israel.

Michael immediately cut short his vacation and flew back to Israel to serve with his unit. He fought to receive permission to be sent to the north to rejoin his unit. When Michael arrived, his unit was sent to the Hezbollah village of Aita al-Shaab in Lebanon. It was to this Hizbollah stronghold that Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev had been been taken two weeks earlier. On Tuesday, August 1, Michael’s unit moved forward and began an intense fire-fight with Hezbollah forces inside the village of Aita al-Shaab. Michael Levin, 21, was killed then.

I wrote about Michael in an article for The New York Times here. What I want to share now is his motto, “You can’t fulfill your dream unless you dare to risk it all.”

May his memory serve as an example of courage and fortitude. For more information, please look at the following video clips here and and the movie by Sally Mitlas, “A Hero in Heaven,” here.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to Michael Levin: You can’t fulfill your dream unless you dare to risk it all.

  1. Diana, I went back and reread your “Two Mothers, One Battle.” What a strong, poignant perspective, a powerful article that gives pause to mothers, fathers, families and all citizens of countries everywhere. Thank you for that article, this tribute to Michael Levin, and all your writing.

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