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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post

THE HUMAN SPIRIT:FOUR SYRIANS AND ONE SOLDIER  

By Barbara Sofer

I'm schmoozing in a hospital room with four ebullient Syrian women. Our conversation is limited by my rudimentary Arabic and secrecy restrictions of the IDF, which has brought these women and their four daughters to Jerusalem. No names can be revealed, no faces displayed.

No probing questions about the situation.

Thirty-six hours in Jerusalem have changed their lives.

Each of the daughters came to Jerusalem with a hole in her heart. Literally.

Like most Israelis and too few foreigners, I've heard about the IDF's Operation Good Neighbor. Four years ago a lone wounded Syrian approached the IDF soldiers guarding the border for help.


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