As you all probably know, when you reach the age of 18 in Israel, you automatically (with exceptions) serve in the IDF for two years at least. There are many types of jobs you can do, and many ways to serve. It all depends of your personality and abilities. Most people either serve in combat, secretarial jobs, commanding, or intelligence, but there are various other ways to give back to your country. One of the types of service, which is very hard to get in to, is the singing groups. Yes, the IDF soldiers need some entertainment while sometimes being away from home for a long time. While simply being one of the many ways to serve in the IDF, during the 60’s and the 70’s, the IDF singing groups and bands were trendsetters when it came to music. These were times of war, and the soldiers, as well as the civilians, needed their spirits to rise. At that time, the IDF singing groups took over the music charts, and could easily be compared to nowadays Adele or Maroon 5.
Their fame may have faded with time, but their songs from back then are still being heard on the radio, not only during Independence Day. I love this music, and enjoy listening to it. From time to time, after Shabbat dinner, my father takes out the guitar, and we all sing the best of the IDF.
A tribute medley from 2004