Ari Mandel's Personal Page

They call the day before Boot Camp starts "Day Zero". It's before you start training, before the infamous "shark attack", before the ten weeks of nonstop screaming/yelling/push-ups/sit-ups/running, and before the lack of sleeping and eating commences. Day Zero is when you get issued uniforms, sign paperwork till your fingers hurt, get your head shaven (the guys at least) and other mundane calm-before-the-storm tasks.

As we were being herded from one station to the next, one of the NCOs guiding us along asked "so, why'd you guys join the army?". These guys see a new group of fresh-faced freaked-out recruits every day, and I'm sure they ask the same questions at the same spots every time, and no doubt they hear many of the same responses over and over again. I, however, was quite curious to hear what people had to say. From the moment I landed in St. Louis international airport on my way to Fort Leonard Wood MO, to the moment I drove the rented truck out of Fort Bragg NC nearly five years later, I was a cultural anthropologist. I may not have known the word or known of the profession, but from day one I felt like an alien who'd been afforded a rare chance to observe a radically foreign culture.

"I joined to serve my country, sergeant" said one guy, "I joined cuz my pops served, my brother served, and my grandpa served" said another, "the judge told me "go to war or go to jail", so I here I am", and so on down the line. Most of us had at least a few reasons that together made us join, but on top of most of our lists was "serve the country". And it was true. No matter how badly you want to get out of your boring hometown, or how much you want to impress your father, joining the US Army in 2007, at the height of the war in Iraq and with the war in Afghanistan nowhere near over, required a significant amount of patriotism and love of country. Not one of the practical or circumstantial reasons alone would've made any of us join the military, but add those to a deep belief in the cause - and we felt compelled to join. As the saying goes "you provide the why, and I'll provide the how."

I’ve decided to run a marathon for a number of reasons, I've gotten lazy since getting out of the army, I could stand to lose a few pounds, and I've always dreamt of running a marathon. A few family members are teaming up to run and train together (go Team Mandel!!), and sure, I'd love to visit Jerusalem - where I went to yeshiva, and fell in love Jewish history, sociology, and falafel. But none of those reasons alone would get me off the couch and out there pounding the pavement. Raising money for the wonderful organization Chai Lifeline is my number one motivation.

I've never shnorred - A.K.A. raised money - for anything before, and I don't feel comfortable asking, but I believe in this cause, and I intend to raise far more than the minimum. So whatever your motivation for helping out is - please do so generously. Whether it's supporting Chai Lifeline, supporting me in losing a few pounds, seeing me suffer through hundreds of miles of training, or even if you think this will cause me to do tshuva, stay in Israel and go back to yeshiva. If nothing else, you'll want to donate generously so I don't have to continuously spam you with shnorreratzia. Pay me by the mile, by the pound, you can even pay me to listen to Jewish music as I run. Oh who am I kidding? I’ll be doing that on my own. But you can pay me to listen to your favorite shiur as I run (for $5 a mile), as long as you give early and give often – I’m game. As a smart fellow once said "don't be a cheap Jew, and fork it over like it's maftir Yonah".

‘Team Mandel’ consists of my cousin and veteran Team Lifeline athlete Rabbi Zelig Mandel (“the Rabbi”), my sister Slavy Dorozhkin (“the Ruskie”) and her husband Ariel Dorozhkin (“the other Ruskie”). Once you have given as much as you possibly can to me, feel free to donate to them as well.

Total Raised: $ 5,798.00
My Goal: $99,900.00

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That's about where I should be

Jacob Kleinberger $50.00
Go Ari!! You can do it

Stephen Gamss $50
In honor of The Great FSM, may his noodly appendage bless your race.

Michael Traube $18
In honor of the holy atheists who stay morally "religious"

Avivah Ernst $360.00
Go Ari - I know you do wonderfully

Jesse Miller $85
Gmtrya: Tov B'li YHWH

Joseph Friedman $50.00
Go Ari! OTD'isher Nachas

Janice Isaac $50.00

Bruce Bernfeld $18.00
Go Ari Go!!!

Benedict Kramer $50

Anonymous Sponsor $69.00
Run Ari Run! In honor of Rebbetzin Leah Kleim, Brenda Turtle, Shoshana Friedman and Yoel Weisshaus.

Freyda Chalk $50
Good luck!

israel eichenstein $100.00
Ari, We are cheering you on, best, Izzy

Anonymous Sponsor $100

Malkie Lundner $100.00
Go, Ari. You can win it all!

Hannah Rothstein $50
From the amazing meeting to an amazing race, you cover it all. Way to go!

Joel Katon $25.
go for it!!!

Michelle Weber $50.00

Davii Mandel $18.00
Best of luck! we are proud of you!

Avi Bitterman $200
Always progress. Never give up. Stay fit for life.

Terezia Isaac $18

Volve Schwinger $10
Keep up the great work. Heaven or no heaven, your'e a great guy Ari!

Ted Spitzee $17.99
because 18chai is SO last year...i mean, last 5773 years

Christopher Brown $50
Best of luck! Watching you take on such a huge challenge is very inspiring.

craig sachs $20.00
Strive for the best Ari kep up the great attitude !

abraham lefkowitz $30.00

Alan Goldsmith $18

William Lumby $10.00
Good Luck

Yehuda Joshua Pal $50.00
I wish you success Ari

esther felberbaum $5.00
Lots of luck

Glenn Gayer $18
Bring back the thin Ari Mandel!

Chezkel Deren $18
Keep up the good work!

Todd Kadish $36.00

Ariella Siegel $18.00

Mark Pelta $5
In admiration for your work

Anonymous Sponsor $15.00

Chaya Lipschutz $36
Ari, amazing! What a great mitzvah you have! Kol Hakovod!

Yevgeniya Monisova $5

simon josephs $36
To Ari, keep up the good work and Tizkeh Lemitvos

Loren N Kaplan $25.00
In Honor of Loren Noah Kaplan

Catharine Coleman $36.00
Go Ari go!!!

Anonymous Sponsor $35
In memory of a great OTD'er, Fence Jumper.

Anonymous Sponsor $50
Good luck, Rachmuna!

Edw AlterShmalter Shapiro $36.
Continued Strength to AriMandel & ChaiLifeline !!

Joseph Desser $50
Break a leg! I mean that in the best way. Stock up with pareve falafel and pareve chulent for good nutrition.

Mordechai Ovits $18
Train with discipline and you'll be great.

Gene Steinberg $21.00
To my sweetheart, Ari, I love you! Will you marry me?

Anonymous Sponsor $100.00
U can do it!!!

Anonymous Sponsor $20.01

Rabbi Adam Chalom $100.00
Good people do good

Samuel Kastel $19
Best of luck Ari!

Anonymous Sponsor $36.00
More 4 Ari !!

Isaac Mavorah $1000.00
"Just one Shabbos and we'll all be free."

Mendy Bruck $36.00

Israel Friedman $10

Anonymous Sponsor $36.00

Kimberly Genson $50.00

amy webberman $36.00

David Cheifetz $100

Robert Reiss $36

Terezia Isaac $18.00
because Janice asked so nicely

Zelig Mandel $25.00
L'kovod Shabbos Kodesh!

Peter Baum $36.00
Run your kishkes out!

Anonymous Sponsor $500

Lisa Gulich $100

Marjorie Freund $25.00

Yael Mehl $38
Rock on, brother.

Tzvi Feifel $15
#humanism - Metuka & Tzvi Feifel

Tamar Dermer $10

Sara Goodman $25.00
steadfast and swift, Sir :)

Suzanne Garwood $50.00

Sandy Rosenbaum $18
Good Luck,Ari!

Anonymous Sponsor $500.00
Torah learned on Shabbos is 1000 greater than learning Torah on a weekday.

Sharon Shapiro $36.00
Kol B'Isha Erva - Because although my voice might be an erva, my money isn't!

Yehuda Kohn $18
You are an inspiration on many levels!

Martin Bodek $18.00
I don't know who you are from a hole in the wall, but Rav PInky Schmeckelstein asked me to give, and if he says so, it's done.

Tzvi Kahn $25

Rivka Lieberman $25.00
Good Luck Ari!!!!! From Rebecca

Anna Wexler $25

Tzvi Katz $18.00

Marianne Meyer Nielssen $10

Kristalyn Leonard $20.00
From Kristalyn! :D Good Luck!

Anonymous Sponsor $20.00

Anonymous Sponsor $18
The gadol h'otd

Joseph Braun $18.00

Matthew Levey $50
In Honor of the Rapas

David Greenspun $36.00
“It is not your obligation to complete the task, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it entirely…” Pirke Avot 2:16

gili houpt $18
Thanks for inspiring others to do chesed. Be in touch when you get to Jerusalem - I work as a tourguide here

Joseph Friedman $40

Frimet Goldberger $18.00

Dr. Susan Larson $36.00

Anonymous Sponsor $50.00
Thank you for the FB posts/links/comments. Very educational!

Peter and Chanie Hein $180.00

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