Leon Neyfakh, 27, grew up in Chicago, and is originally from Moscow. He now works as a reporter in Boston.
Our Israel tour guide first seemed an IDF G.I. Joe. He turned out to be like a football coach: tough but righteous.
My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.
My trip-mate opted for a late-night delivery snack that tasted like matzo with tomato sauce