One day we headed to the Western Wall and were taken by surprise when it was more crowded than we had ever seen it, and there were a LOT of Israeli soldiers everywhere.
After watching things for a while we decided that it must have been some kind of induction into the military or something. They all looked extremely young and we think we missed some kind of program because as we were showing up, they were cleaning up hundreds of chairs. Although the soldiers were large in numbers that day, it is very normal to see members of the military here - it is mandatory for all young adults to serve in the IDF for 2 or 3 years.
The whole thing reminded me of when you take a young LDS adult to the MTC to serve a mission. There was lots of hugging, some crying, and finally the parents walk off in one direction, and the soldiers gather together in another direction. This picture is of one of those groups.
Do you think the guys on the left are looking at me? I didn't think so at the time, but now that I look at the picture, it makes me feel a little nervous. Maybe I should be more careful when taking pictures of 18 year old kids who have just been given huge guns.