Israelis living in the southern portion of the nation -- where some of the nation's most populous cities are located -- are living and sleeping in bomb shelters. Missiles are falling upon them, exploding around them.
Many volunteers also carry their own stories, leaving behind families, professions and busy lives when the dispatch call arrives. Internationally renowned Israeli cantor, Shlomo Glick of Jerusalem is one of those volunteers.
Very few people in the world will ever have the chance to experience an "interfaith moment" quite like mine. There I stood in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum with three smiling new friends from the four corners of the earth.
At a moments notice thousands of Israeli volunteers, Jewish and Arab, orthodox and secular, drop whatever they are doing and rush to the aid of anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who is in need of emergency medical attention.