Personal thoughts on current events, cultural events, Israel, Judaism, Jewish/Israel innovations and life from a Jewish perspective - read into that what you may.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sukkot Celebration

The following video is a view into the future of Eitam, the final Efrat hill being settled as we speak.

I remember the days when we "settled" the Zayit community against the Rabin government's wishes. Then too, the army continually pulled us off the hill, people (including some of the Efrat's wives, mothers and youths) were jailed and we, the people, struggled against government policy that wanted to hand over Jewish land to our enemies. And yet, 12 years later, look at the beautiful video of what is today the Zayit neighborhood of Efrat!

With G-d's help, together with our own help, this too will be the future of the Eitam community of Efrat as well....lots of little kids, lots of singing and dancing and lots of people making true the statement "Ivdu et Hashem B'simcha" - Worshipping G-d in happiness. Thanks to all those who are making this happen today for the Eitam. The time is different, the public mood is different and the personalities are different, but the struggle remains the same.

To the future of the Jewish people and the land of Israel!

Enjoy the video of the Zayit community of Efrat enjoying a special Sukkot celebration. Looking forward to the first Simchat Beit Hashoeva in Eitam!

Monday, September 24, 2007

The pre-Birthright version of Jewish History Video

Very cute video spoof on how much many young Jews today know about Israel. It is hard to decide whether to laugh or cry - both!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Long Live the Paul Potts' of the world!!!

What Paul Potts means to me

Belief. Confidence. Pride - that's what Paul Potts symbolizes to me. That's what should symbolize every Jew, and the Jewish people. As we say in Israel, halevie (or in English - may it be so)...

Who would have thought an opera singer would make such a big hit on pop culture? All it takes is someone who believes in himself to make a difference, even if what he "represents" is different from the mainstream. In addition to the belief, it takes the guts to go out and take action to uphold those beliefs.

Where are our "Paul Potts" ready to stand up to our own leaders (political, organizatinal and Rabbinic) who do almost nothing to defend the rights of Jews to live in the land of Israel, who do almost nothing to challenge the idiocy of fellow Israeli and Jewish leaders who support the selling out of Israel not even for a bowl of red lentils!

Once upon a time we were proud Jews who would even go into enemy territory in the darkness of the night and fly hundreds of miles (Entebbe) in order to save fellow Jews in trouble. Woo to us today where Jewish leaders do almost nothing while Jewish soldiers are captives of our enemies only miles away from their homes and fellow Jews live under rocket fire daily. Woo to a people who do not shun their leaders for their failure to lead and defend the Jewish people.

For one brief moment, enjoy the guts of one man to stand up to pop culture with the opera that he believes in - May this new year bring about many Paul Pott's in the Jewish community. True leadership is based on actions not titles. May the people this year lead and the so-called leaders follow the true leaders.

In the meantime, enjoy the opera...

Hello, Anybody Home???

- Nobody saying a word that a Prime Minister with the lowest public approval rating, under tons of corruption investigations and the main culprit in a failed war is now selling the country away to people who want to destory us - where is the public outrage?

- Nobody saying a word that the Muslims are destroying more of the Temple Mount - where is the public outrage?

- Nobody saying a word that Qassam rockets fall daily on the Israeli city of Sderot - where is the public outrage?

- Today the Israeli governent nixed an army plan to enter Gaza to take care of the rockets because it is not the right timing!!!! For 7 years there hasn't been the right timing???

Wake up people, our leaders don't care about our security, our land, our freedom, they care about other things that have nothing to do with us.

What country in the world would allow 7 years of continous rocket fire on its territory???

I couldn't have said it better than Michael Fruend in his Jpost column - Stumbling Towards Catastrophe