How do Israeli soldiers maintain their personal hygiene while on the front?
It’s super important for soldiers to stay clean and healthy while they’re in tough and not-so-clean places like the frontlines. To do that, they use clever ways, gear, and special stuff to keep themselves tidy and avoid getting sick.
Soldiers keep themselves clean by washing their hands regularly. This is a basic but important way to stop germs from spreading. Soldiers learn to use soap and water to wash their hands, especially before eating or after going to the bathroom. When there’s not much water available, they can also use hand sanitizers or cleaning wipes instead.
Another important part of staying clean and healthy for soldiers is taking care of their mouths. Having good teeth and gums is not just about looking nice, it also helps soldiers do their job well. Soldiers get toothbrushes and toothpaste, which they keep with their personal stuff. They should brush their teeth regularly and use floss to keep their teeth and gums in good shape, even when it’s tough. Sometimes, they might also get mouthwash or special floss tools to keep their mouths super clean.
Bathing in a combat zone is tougher because it’s hard to find clean water and showers.
But soldiers find ways to keep clean. They use wet wipes, which are like disposable towels, to clean their bodies when they can’t take a regular bath. They can also use special body wash and shampoo that don’t need water. This helps them stay clean even when water isn’t available.
Female soldiers receive hygiene products like tampons or pads to handle menstruation. These items are put in their personal kits, so they always have what they need, even in faraway places. They also learn how to dispose of them correctly to protect the environment and avoid contamination.
Apart from keeping clean, Israeli soldiers also learn how to look after their clothes and gear. It’s important to wash their stuff often to avoid dirt, germs, and bad smells piling up. Soldiers can use portable washing machines or laundry services to keep their uniforms and personal things clean.
Additionally, it’s really important to keep our living spaces clean to stay healthy. We tell soldiers to keep their sleeping areas neat and clean by getting rid of any trash. Also, we make sure to clean and disinfect shared places like barracks or tents often. This way, we reduce the chances of infections spreading among troops.
How to help Israeli soldiers
Please reach out to the brave Israeli soldiers in your community who are going to Israel to help fight against Hamas. They might need help, not just with things like supplies, but also finding a place to stay while they wait to go or get a ride from the airport. It’s really important to support our soldiers in any way we can.
To make a donation to support the IDF, you can visit this website: //www.fidf.org/
We’ve found some groups that are working to help during this tough time, and they could use your money to keep doing their good work. You can also talk to our friends at the Israeli Temple and our staff to provide emotional help, and if you need someone to talk to or guidance, you can get in touch with our religious leaders.
Here are the organizations:
The Jewish Agency for Israel
They are teaming up with partners all around the world to give quick help to people in a crisis. This includes helping those whose homes got damaged or who got hurt and went to the hospital, and also the families of those who passed away.
More info: jafina.org/crisis-in-israel
American Friends of Magen David Adom
This group helps 33,000 paramedics, EMTs, and other people who are the first to help when someone is hurt or sick in Israel. They give them training, tools, and medical stuff so they can help anyone who’s not feeling well or got hurt.
More info: afmda.org
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center
The Shaare Zedek Medical Center is really good at getting ready for big emergencies and helping people hurt in scary events. They take care of most people hurt in attacks in Israel, no matter where they come from or what they believe.
More info: acsz.org/general-donation
The Jewish Federation of North America
They’re sending money to help the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror during this difficult time.
More info: jfeds.org/israelfund2023
Magen David Adom is like Israel’s official 911 for medical help and disasters. Right now, they really need donations because they’re super busy dealing with emergencies.
For those in the United Kingdom, you can make a contribution through the following link: //mdauk.org/
In the United States, donations can be made through the following link: //afmda.org/
If you are in Israel or wish to support their efforts in Israel, please visit: //www.mdais.org/en
United Hatzolah is a group that helps people, and they’re working really hard to help Jewish people in Ukraine. They’ve taken Jewish people to Israel and set up a special hospital in Moldova to help people who had to leave their homes, no matter where they’re from or what they believe. Because they’re in Israel, they’re right there, giving important medical help.
You can find more information and support their efforts at: //israelrescue.org/