Friday, April 27, 2012
Here's another anonymous writer answering, What does Israel mean to me?
Israel means "home." It is living with your extremely large extended family. It is never having to "define" your food (latke, knish, charoset, sufganiyot). It is being able to keep a kosher home with driving one hour to buy mean. It is never having to deal with your crying child when someone tells him thatJews are cheap. It is not having to explain that Christmas is not a secularl holiday. It is our assurance that there is a place that will never persecute you for being a Jew.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Israel: A lifetime wih to visit and walk the paths of our Lord.
My heritage. I am proud to be a Jew. I love all our holidays and everyday life as being a Jew. I try my best to be a good one.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here's today's answer from Mike Menichiello.
For me it has always symbolized strength. I remember being a child when a plane was hijacked and how amazed I was with how Israel handled the situation. The message that I remember was swift and powerful: a message of solidarity, power and unity.
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Four Zionist Questions for the Seder
by Rabbi Daniel R. Allen
Israel and Zionism should be at the core of our Passover observance. The Exodus from Egypt had a goal not just of freedom for the Jewish People but a return to our own land, our own sovereignty, and our own Jewish ways of living. We are required to make the story meaningful for every generation; hence we should be asking four important questions about Israel and considering four kinds of Zionists.
Four Zionist questions for the Seder
All countries have governments, borders, neighbors, culture, language(s), economies, their own internal politics, and legitimacy within the family of nations. Why is Israel the only country whose legitimacy as a sovereign state is challenged in so many ways by so many people?
On all other nights we may think of places all around the world we would like to visit. Why on this night do we say only “Next Year in Jerusalem?”
On all other nights we may consider the advantages or challenges of the country of our citizenship. Why on this night do we consider what makes Israel different from all other countries?
Most countries and societies need and welcome the voluntary sector in order to achieve their declared dreams. Israel’s Declarations of Independence challenges us all to “ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions,” as well as to make peace with her neighbors. Why, on this night, are we not working more diligently to assist Israel in achieving its stated goals of equality for all her citizens, to build a more inclusive democratic society and peace with all her neighbors?