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Joshua Rod: PRAS Recipient Speaks

My name is Joshua Rod. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa - the oldest son of Michael and Carol Rod, my amazing parents, my lovers and my supporters. I have two younger brothers; Talia and her husband Nathan who live here in Israel in Alon Shvut, and in 17-year-old Gabriel and high school in South Africa.

I immigrated to Israel at the end of 2012 and shortly afterwards I joined the IDF on February 10, 2013. It was always my dream to serve in the IDF. So from the first moment on my uniform I could not stop smiling.

I served in the Shimshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade as a combat soldier, a squad commander, and a sergeant of a platoon in the operational company. I stayed with the machlaka until the end of my service. We served on the Egyptian border, the Jordan border and the cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah and Tulkarem. I loved my time in the department and in the IDF. For 2 months, I even had the honor to be responsible for the military escort of the speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein from his Yishuv to the entrance to Jerusalem.

I have alway been always been an optimist - I live with a feeling that things are working out:

I am living the dream

  • Newly married to my amazing and supportive wife Abi

  • My parents and siblings that help and guide me in everything that I do

  • A third year student of Business and Economics at the IDC Herzliya entering my final semester

  • Working in the Israeli High tech industry

  • Receiving a scholarship from Telfed, Pras and the Israeli governments

But I want to take a step back - An idea that been the source of my inspiration since I arrived in Israel: The first person to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel, no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, rather David Hamelech once said: “ Shir Hama’alot….”

Aside from our help coming from heaven, which is irreplaceable, I want to talk about the idea of looking up. When you’re looking down, you’re trapped inside of your own head. You aren’t aware of anything except for how difficult it is for you. On the other hand, when you raise your head up you are able to see others - others that need your help and others that can help you So now is the best time to thank you for this, but thank you to Telfed, Pras and the Israeli government that help thousands of Olim to raise their heads.


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