Maryland Girl Joins the IDF, but First She Has to Break It to Her Parents

If someone had told Naomi a year ago that she would be here, in Israel, wearing a white Shavuot dress, watching tractors and babies go around a field, and talking about a hot kibbutznik she met at a fish pond - she would have laughed.

It's Shavuot, and Kibbutz Hazorea in the Jezreel Valley is celebrating the spring harvest. Everyone is dressed in white. Little girls wear dainty flower...