These 6 Photos Prove What a Mensch Wounded Soldier Jake Laznik Is

Nineteen-year-old Jake Laznik achieved one of the most prestigious and coveted post in the IDF, joining the “Golani” infantry brigade, a brigade popularized by, among other things, its great anthem originally sung by Yehoram Gaon.

But five days after first donning his IDF uniform, he was injured in a terrorist attack. Laznik was waiting at a bus stop, on his way back from a Thanksgiving dinner for lone IDF soldiers. A Palestinian man rammed his car into Laznik and other fellow soldiers at a bus stop.

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Laznik grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. His parents met in Israel, but left the country shortly afterwards. After Laznik participated in an exchange year at Alexander Muss High School in Israel program, he says “clicked instantly”. Israel felt like home. He wanted to stay an join the IDF. And after a year on the Young Judea year course, he finally did.

Even after being injured in the terror attack, he still has no intention of leaving Israel. The photos on his Facebook page tell the story of a fun-loving, fiercely zionistic independent young man. There’s videos of him clubbing in Tel Aviv, which he dubs “the best city in the world”, but also photos of his visits to the memorials of fallen soldiers on memorial day:

When he went to visit the grave of fallen American IDF soldiers, he wrote:

Laznik donated blood at Israel’s Magen David Adom.

His Facebook page is flooded with pictures of him wrapped in an Israeli flag.

After Laznik was injured, a GoFundMe page to help get money together for his mother Debbie to come visit him in Israel and help with his rehabilitation. The main photo on the campaign is Jake in his hospital bed, smiling, with a “Golani” beret on.

Laznik told Ha’arertz he has no plans of leaving Israel after he recovers:

Here he is, smiling in a selfie, with his mother. Cos a mensch is never too macho to take a loving selfie with his mother.

His mother wrote the following on his GoFundMe page:

We wish him a speedy recovery!


Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman is the Forward’s Digital Fellow and a wearer of many hats. When she’s not tweeting from the Forward’s account, she’s creating illustrations, graphics and lists for the various Forward blogs. She can also make comics out of your bad dates in #OYDATE. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in cartooning. Lior Zaltzman can be reached at Follow her on twitter @liorca.

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