On Wednesday evening, hundreds of young men and women stood on the parade ground in an IDF base up north, marking the end of their lives as Diaspora Jews. They were born on six continents and spoke a multiverse of languages. They'd completed their Hebrew and acclimatization in Israel course.
From here they were each going to their intended units to start their basic training, alongside other new recruits who were veteran Israelis. For each one of them the past three months had been a wrenching experience - leaving civilian life and immersing themselves at once in both an intense Israeli and military environment.