We’ve counted the days that our boys were missing. We’ve counted the number of times that we were woken up by sirens, and the number of rockets that have fallen on our country. We’ve counted the dead. What are the odds that this will be our last war?
How can we cope with the open murder of our people? When we cannot find the words ourselves, we listen and open our hearts to the powerful messages shared from around the world as hatred and terror once again take innocent Jewish life.
Prior to their mass Aliya, generations of Ethiopian Jews yearned for Zion and expressed their longing in the annual Sigd festival. Jews would walk for days to arrive at a mountain top where thousands would join in prayer and listen to Torah readings.
We must declare, as one, that it is terror that unites us. Why? Because it is our collective ongoing reminder that the hate will never subside, that it isn't about borders or building or security fences, that it is precisely our extermination they seek, again.
As I read and watch what Europe is becoming I feel secure in my choice to live here in the Jewish state. I now understand the fundamental purpose of Israel's creation: we have a country we can live as Jews and pursue a life as a person of Jewish identity in bright of day.
It is our hope that in holding events of this nature, we are strengthening the collective pride in Israel and that these kinds of events will garner greater support for Israel in a broad spectrum of religious, social and political arenas whenever and wherever the truth is told.
If you haven't heard it before Israel is a magical place. Traveling through this land is one of the most unique experiences imaginable - you are able to explore the stark landscape of the dessert and within mere hours, transversing several climates and altitudes, end up in the lush greenery of the mountains.
In Israel, even our television commercials capture some of the more emotional moments of Israeli existence and our beautifully diverse society - the ingathering exiles, reunification of families and the solidification of the Zionist dream.
Israel-focused programming isn’t an easy sell anymore. It used to be that people were full of great ideas and fun initiatives, always ready to get into the blue and white spirit. Those days are sadly not today’s reality.
Even if one could argue that the State of Israel isn’t my country, it truly is impossible to deny that its people are my people. As Jews, together we are persecuted. Together we are praised. Together we stand. Willingly or unwillingly, our fates are intertwined. This summer made this fact stand out so clearly. Thus, the honor is in serving to protect my people.
After doing a bit of soul searching on my own, I came to the conclusion that what I needed was a community. Just as it’s better for Jews to pray together, I’ve found that it’s better for us to explore together, to feed off of each other’s energy and to see the world through one another’s eyes.
The Israel Forever Foundation is excited to announce a unique opportunity for fans of Israel and fashion. Through Amazon.com we have assembled a short list of consciously curated, must-have products for people who hold Israel dear to their hearts - people like you.
With the delegitimization efforts rising all over the world, it becomes even more important for us to demonstrate the international recognition and affirmation that accompanied the creation of Israel every step of the way.
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