Michael Levin's Story

As a young man Michael Levin was determined to make aliya and serve in the IDF. His determination paid off and he fought his way into the paratroopers. He was so small and light that the army added weights to him when he did his parachute jumps.

During Michael’s service he came across many hardships that lone soldiers face when trying to draft, finding the correct unit and information as well as during his service not always having a shabbat meal to go to or someone to turn to. While serving, Michael would speak to people about how after his release he would make a change and help other lone soldiers after him to make sure they had the support they need.

When Michael heard that his company entered Lebanon in response to Hezbollah’s firing on the northern communities in 2006, he immediately decided to shorten his family visit and flew back to Israel. He was only 22 when he fell in battle after fighting for the country he loved. Today, thousands of lone soldiers from across the world live on his memory, bravery and the path he set: to protect the State of Israel and its citizens.