Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, according to JNS, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) honored Staff-Sgt. Yossi Bluming, originally from Potomac, MD, as an Outstanding Soldier, a recognition bestowed upon members who excel in their duties and foster positive relations in the IDF and the communities they serve. Bluming, who immigrated to Israel from the U.S. three years ago, currently commands a unit of 18 combat soldiers tasked with challenging assignments across various regions in Israel. The ceremony also marked the 50-year anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, highlighting the brigade’s historic bravery. As a Charedi soldier and a member of the Chabad movement, Bluming emphasized that serving in the IDF allowed him to retain his religious identity, encouraging other Charedi teens to consider joining the IDF for a fulfilling experience. He said that “the Rebbe encouraged us to shine the light of Judaism through the life we live, wherever we live.”

Bluming is the son of the Chabad Shluchim of Potomac and resides near Modi’in with his wife, Batya.

His proud mother, Sara writes: "So proud of the Kiddush Hashem he makes daily by being a proud soldier not just in the Israeli army, but in G-d’s army as well. May G-d continue to protect him and his fellow soldiers."