Acts of Kindness make the world go round

I had the type of weekend where life changes in an instant and we just have to deal with it, figure it out, move on, handle the kids, take care of the house, and pray for everything to be OK. Thank God everything is OK, and the main lesson of this week is about kindness towards each other, and how helping people makes a shift in this world and the world to come.

This is Jewish thinking and learning, and I am blessed to operate in this state of mind all the time thanks to my amazing grandmother, who is the happiest woman in the world, she recently turned 100, and my mother who is a light upon everyone that crosses her path.  I took my kids to synagogue so we would not break our regular Shabbat routine, there was a big celebration, and I asked for everyone’s prayers and energy.

I want to share with you positive articles that I have collected throughout the week about Jewish people, Israel, plus organizations and people that support reality and truth.

Thank you Obama.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-obama-addresses-holocaust-ceremony-at-israel-embassy/

Thank you World Medical Association fighting against BDS.

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/World-Medical-Association-affirms-trust-in-Israeli-doctors-in-response-to-BDS-campaign-443203

Leora Noor Eisenberg

The economic boycott against Israel will have little to no effect on Israel’s economy. Various associations’ boycott of Israel is symbolic more than everythingelse, as their relationships to Israel are only tenuous to begin with. But that’s the thing with boycotts anyway– they’re symbolic.

In a recent interview with Rebecca Wilkomerson, the Executive Director of a Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Israel group, the interviewer asked that, if, G-D forbid, her child were ill, and only an Israeli medicine could save her– would she give her child the medicine?

She said she would.

Now, as a Jewish woman, I’m glad to hear that answer. Preserving life is the most precious thing– and, strangely enough, it is Israel’s forte. (But not that of the BDS.)

Israel’s biggest exports are not Ahava products, SodaStream or Bamba, but medicine and crucial technology that save, funnily enough, Palestinian lives in Israeli hospitals, Israeli lives in Israeli lives– actually, lives in hospitals all over the world. (But these lives don’t boycott Israel while being saved.)

If, as Wilkomerson said later in the interview, the “BDS call does not function in that way,” –here meaning “does not exist to endanger lives”– then the boycott is wonderfully ineffective. Those who try to boycott Israel, accomplish little, since they can’t really boycott much.

But we’ve heard this all before.

The idea that we can ignore the BDS because of its minimal economic impact, however, is silly.

The BDS movement allows for hateful ideology and provides a forum for delegitimizing Israel. (And, in some cases, blatant anti-Semitism.) College students are welcomed warmly into an atmosphere where the words Nazism and apartheid are thrown around like confetti– and where doing so is deemed as righteous and selfless, without ever wondering if their perceptions are flawed or their conclusions hasty.

Allowing students to misuse language cheapens its value and says to us, fellow students and educators, that they use the publicized misfortune of other to bring attention to a cause of questionable (or perhaps absent) morality.

This brings me back to Rebecca Wilkomerson– if she preaches morality and thus, adherence to a ‘BDS code,’ what happens when Palestinians and Israelis alike suffer because of her interference? What if Palestinians lose their jobs because some self-righteous students are opposed to SodaStream? What if people are (rightfully) offended by their use of the Holocaust and apartheid in their campaigns? What if the BDS is completely hypocritical?

These are not hypothetical questions– these are reality. The delegitimization of Israel starts with a harmless boycott and ends in hypocrisy that makes everyone suffer.

 

Unfortunately there is negative in the world too, but the positive side is we can call it out, and especially with social media, share it with the world.

NO THANK YOU, OBAMA!

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/28/report-obama-joins-israel-boycott/

Shame on you United Nations!!!!

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=31383

Iran is openly in denial of the holocaust,

http://www.timesofisrael.com/khamenei-airs-holocaust-denial-video-on-international-remembrance-day/

Europe is feeling just like Israel lately,

https://behindthenewsisrael.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/schools-in-london-birmingham-and-paris-evacuated-over-security-threat/

and Canada,

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207140

This article is just plain disgusting, ignorant, and shocking that it is mainstream,

http://virtualjerusalem.com/jewish_news.php?Itemid=19487

Leora Noor Eisenberg
Once we allow students to throw around words like “genocide” and “apartheid,” they stop meaning anything. It cheapens their meaning and says to us, fellow students and educators, that others are using publicized misfortune to bring attention to a cause of questionable morality.

Remember when I talked about Rebecca Wilkomerson?

She’s the Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace. And, say, if she preaches morality, what happens when Palestinians and Israelis alike suffer because of her interference? What if Palestinians lose their jobs because self-righteous students boycott SodaStream? What if Israeli LGBTQ+ groups cannot air their own country’s dirty laundry because they were kicked out?

What if the BDS is completely hypocritical?

These are not hypothetic questions– these are reality. The delegitimization of Israel in an economically harmless boycott ends in hypocrisy that makes everyone suffer.

 

I choose to find the positive in everything,

Coach Yulia

 

 

 

 

 

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