“The Jewish people’s beloved homeland was occupied by the pagan Romans in the 15th century of Tiberius Caesar. There was oppresion. The holy places had been taken from the people. Pontius Pilate was the procurator. He was a cruel, malicious man. Historians have not been good to him. And there was Herpd... and petty princes who lived rotten lives and were an embarrassment to the people ... and Annas and Caiaphas who were not the most revered High Priests. It was in that world that John began his preaching and Jesus began his public ministry. It is not ok that terrorism and poverty and crime and drugs and war exist in the world today, but the lord came to THIS WORLD - not some perfect version of a make-beleive world. He didn’t come only to the safe places of the world. He came where there was oppresion and crime and sickness and sin ... and he brought the word of hope and healing. And that changes everything.”:
Just and excerpt from my advent booklet I got at my TLM parish! This reslly helped me, escpecially going to public school. Do share with someone who needs this!
Hoy quiero dar gracias a los que me han acompañado en mi camino. Hoy quiero decir que si se puede, solo hay que envalentonarse y avanzar como un león. Tal cual lo hizo David Ben Gurion, mi tío bisabuelo, libertador de israel, el líder judío más importante de los últimos años y mi abuela que fue comandante de la haganá, principal grupo armado encargado de la liberación nacional judía.
Pronto iré a malasia a defender los intereses de los afectados, de los que no tienen oportunidad, de los vulnerados, de los bombardeados y de los agredidos.
Asumiré con mucho orgullo la vicepresidencia de los secundarios de renovacíon nacional, mi primer desafío político, conferencias de prensa se avecinan, desafíos que vienen a la vuelta de la esquina.
Se está manejando mi ida a la APEC que será en Chile, con los líderes del pacífico.
Fui representante en el congreso judío mundial en Polonia (2018). Gracias a todos! Queda mucho camino todavía, recién esto comienza!
Am israel jai!
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It was right before Yom Kipper. We were going to Migdal Oz for slichot that night. After I got that text from my dad, I was honestly pretty checked out of my classes. I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. This was my future. And it even felt like more than that. My dad wrote me emails with a 5 page word document attached that described his feelings towards my aliyah. I would speak to my rabbis and teachers and write him back. I felt like I was submitting a paper for school; but it wasn’t for a grade, it was for my parents support.
In seminary, there is no place to go to be by yourself. So every single day, I would run to a look out. From this place, it felt like you could see all of Beit Shemesh. I would stop there for about 10 minutes a night, reflecting on my day and praying and crying so so hard that my parents would let me make aliyah.
But that night, I didn’t have that time because we were going to slichot.
It was an hour before we were supposed to leave when my dad called me.
He just kept saying that it wasn't fair and that I promised I would stay in America and that I needed to come back. He said he can't control me but that if I stayed in Israel, he wouldn't support me financially. That means I would be getting no money. Zero. More than not having any money, it hurt me more that my parents didn't support my dream.
What should I do?
I cried really hard that night.
I had to make a choice.
My family and money. Or Israel.