From Yom Hashoah to Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut!!
What an incredible nation!
I share with you hereunder some ‘Israel Inspiration’ drawn from my family:
Avi (my eldest son): Extracted from his writings on “Poetry of the Spirit":
I think about Israel and all the debate
I think about those who question Israel the State
I think about those who feel they decide Israel's fate
My decision is that no one will make me irate
For every day I walk this land I remain victorious
Fulfilling prophecies, what could be more glorious?
For every day I walk this land I validate our past
On the wings of a promise Divine I know we will always last
For Israel's fate many of you fear
You worry that she may overnight disappear
Extend your eye to our nation's first day
We may have fallen even at times gone astray
Yet no matter our enemies resolve
In G-d's eye, past the fleeting they will never evolve
For ours is a mission Divine
A history replete with miracle and sign
That we will prevail and remain eternal
And our foes cast down , forever infernal
EACH DAY IN ISRAEL
Each day in Israel takes my breath away
Humbled that Hashem(G-d) grants my stay
An honor sublime that no words can convey
For no matter my size, intellect or station
I share the day with my people as a nation
Our situation today is far from ideal
But being in Israel means it is no dream but real
Even the darkest days are of a lighter shade
On the land where our nation's destiny is being made
Through the centuries of pain there has been no recompense
Yet with each day in Israel it all starts to make sense
Doron: (Laurence) Israel at 70: The Gates of Israel are Open https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=-GYmdtneCp8
When Ilan matriculated at the end of 1990 he was booked to travel to Israel to study in Yeshiva for a year. Many of his friends where scheduled to leave for Israel at the same time, as part of a Bnei Akiva program known as MTA. Israel was on the brink of a war and none of the parents wanted to send their children to Israel at that time. The MTA program was therefore postponed but Ilan said: "If there is going to be a war ..... I want to be in Israel!!" ....... so Ilan immediately joined Doron at the Yeshiva in Beit El in January 1991 in time for the Gulf War!! I have a recording of him talking to us on a cassette tape (that's how we communicated in those days) with sirens suddenly going off and then him saying that he had to run off to the "Cheder Atum", the sealed room. To Ilan, the experience of being in the Cheder Atum while waiting for the scud missiles to fall, was an unforgetable lesson in the meaning of being part of the Jewish people.
The rest of us came on Aliyah later that year and when Ilan would come home for a shabbat he would work in the garden and say what a privilege it was to 'work the Land!'.
: At age 12 in 1991, Ariela was soo excited to go and live in Israel, that she was more than happy to go to a school where not only did she know no one, but it was also a boarding school!! After a huge huge struggle trying to settle into her studies, and without a word of complaint from her, (she just cried!!), it suddenly dawned on us that with a name like ?????? ??? (Ariela Peretz as is written in the Hebrew), no one in the school realized that she was in fact an Olah Chadashah - a new immigrant from South Africa who didn’t understand the Hebrew!!! . The school then provided Ariela with every possible assistance and in no time she was like a fish in water ... a fully integrated Israeli!
.... but of course it was my parents who led the way!
In 1979, at age 59, my mom and dad went on Aliyah
leaving behind their entire family in South Africa!!
My dad told us that all his life he wanted to live in Eretz Yisrael .... that when his family left Lithuania in 1937
they were unable to get into Palestine at the time because there was a quota for entrance certificates and other restrictions
... and so they went to South Africa
Their Zionist Dream was fulfilled when their children and grandchildren came on aliyah
With love and hugs to you all
Have a wonderful week, a Chodesh Tov and