People speaking their truth

I am going to post some thoughts that may enrage you, or that you do not agree with. I respect and admire people that stand strong with their beliefs and activism. They are the change makers, and especially in our world today, they are needed.

I have always been in the middle.

Always.

Yes I am passionate about my roots, beliefs, and lifestyle, but I do not expect anybody else to be exactly the same as me. In my Yoga classes and as a Doula, I encourage each individual to dig deep inside themselves for their own self expression and truth. I always say it is different for everybody, and that is the way it should be, we are not the same, and that is a good thing.

Sheryl Utal
Hot topic!!! : I assume this will trigger a lot of people but I don’t care.
When people who hate Trump because they say he is evil, act evil towards people who support him they are the same as him. Ironic right?!! If you don’t agree with someone’s religion that doesn’t make it okay to bully and shame them, same goes for any beliefs. Why do people excuse this behavior? A man in a fast food restaurant assaulted some teenagers that were wearing a pro Trump hat. How is that 
different than what he claims to hate? To me that is the definition of hypocrisy. Hateful action, shaming and bullying is not justifiable, ever. I don’t get it.
And don’t comment and assume you know about my political beliefs, family values or anything else. That is not the point. I don’t support hate, shaming, division or bullying.
Let’s remember namaste, the light in me sees the light in you. Not only if you agree with me, but always. Or at least that’s the practice. ✌🏽

 

Even today, Hillary and Trump are two extremes, and I see points on both sides. Below I will demonstrate each side, and I am curious to know what you think.

Shai Held
I still dream of America.
I dream of an America where people of color are five fifths human, where black men are seen as human beings instead of thugs
I dream of an America where women are paid equally and valued equally, where demeaning and abusing women disqualifies you from public life.
I dream of an America where we debate immigration policy but do not debase immigrants, where descendants of immigrants remember their grandparents’ stories.
I dream of America where people again discover hope and opportunity, where drufs are no substitute for meaning and fulfillment.
I dream of an America where you don’t need to be a billionaire to have a voice, where participatory democracy includes us all.
I dream of an America that loves the widow, the orphan, and the stranger; that remembers to love the least of these.
I dream of an America where basic needs are provided for, where basic rights are protected.
I dream of an America where no child is hungry, where every child has real opportunities to learn and grow.
I dream of an America in which love between adults is celebrated, not threatened at every turn.
I dream of America where the culture of celebrity has been overcome, where we value goodness and not fame.
I dream of an America where political leaders are people of principle, where children can admire the moral mettle of those who govern.
I dream of an America built on hope and not fear.
I dream because reality is too often a nightmare.
I dream because America is still possible if we want it badly enough, if we give our lives and are passions to making it real.
“The great dreams are the foundation of the world” (Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook). Never stop dreaming, and never give up hope that dreams can be made real, slowly, slowly, subbornly, and without despair.
Afshine Emrani
Another Trump effect. People who have always voted Democrat are walking away. Why? For decades the Conservative voice was hidden. NYTimes, CNN, and the rest of the liberal gang media controlled the news. Now that we have social media and our President tweets his thoughts, we are seeing tremendous support for the Conservative ideology. But what has happened to the Democratic Party is that in order for them to survive and be heard, they are screaming, yelling, throwing tantrums, name calling, saying f@#* in every speech. In essence, they’re becoming RADICAL! This radicalization is bringing many Americans back to the right of center. To be sure, there are radicals on both side. But the radical left not only has become the voice of the left but is far more dangerous. They speak up and represent 1- those who break the law, such as MS-13, such as Antifa, such as illegal aliens over and above the interest of American citizens; 2- terrorists, such as Hamas with the likes of Sarsour and yes even Obama and Kerry with donating billions to Iran’s evil regime and the Palestinian Authority who kill their own people; 3- fake feminists; 4- fake human rights activists; 5- fake leaders who pretent to care for minorities only to keep them dependent, on their payroll so they will vote Democrat. All these lies, liberal lies, are now being seen by thinking, decent Americans. Trump is not perfect, but which leader is? What he has accomplished, though, very effectively, is to bring light onto the devious mind-games liberals played for years to maintain control. Surely, people will think a second time when voting for Washington insiders, for the swamp. We are witnessing the great fall of Liberal America through the unmasking by Trump and his supporters of the radical left. And we’re only in the first inning. Come join us. If you’re a Democrat, register Independent.

 

One area that I will not budge is my Judaism and my strong support for Israel. I am shocked when Jews are doing the right thing by being a voice for others, but completely alienate their own history and people.  Below are some amazing words from others to describe how I feel.

Fred Maroun
How valid is antizionism? Consider the fact that it is all based on a big lie, that Jews are colonialists in the Middle East, augmented by a mountain of other lies to cover up the first one.

 

Thank you for listening and engaging in dialogue,

The first post makes me think of how Iran and Abbas completely try to change history, and there are Jews that believe them!

Coach Yulia

Elad Nehorai
From George Orwell’s essay “Looking back on the Spanish War,” published in 1942:
“Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as ‘the truth’ exists. There is, for instance, no such thing as ‘Science’. There is only ‘German Science’, ‘Jewish Science’, etc. The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past.
If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened’ — well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five — well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs — and after our experiences of the last few years that is not a frivolous statement.
But is it perhaps childish or morbid to terrify oneself with visions of a totalitarian future? Before writing off the totalitarian world as a nightmare that can’t come true, just remember that in 1925 the world of today would have seemed a nightmare that couldn’t come true.
Against that shifting phantasmagoric world in which black may be white tomorrow and yesterday’s weather can be changed by decree, there are in reality only two safeguards. One is that however much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing, as it were, behind your back, and you consequently can’t violate it in ways that impair military efficiency. The other is that so long as some parts of the earth remain unconquered, the liberal tradition can be kept alive. Let Fascism, or possibly even a combination of several Fascisms, conquer the whole world, and those two conditions no longer exist.
We in England underrate the danger of this kind of thing, because our traditions and our past security have given us a sentimental belief that it all comes right in the end and the thing you most fear never really happens. Nourished for hundreds of years on a literature in which Right invariably triumphs in the last chapter, we believe half-instinctively that evil always defeats itself in the long run. Pacifism, for instance, is founded largely on this belief. Don’t resist evil, and it will somehow destroy itself.
But why should it? What evidence is there that it does?”
Justin Amler
There’s a cloud that hangs over the Jewish world.
It’s not the cloud of ever increasing anti-Semitism found throughout the world.
It’s not the cloud of terrorism our Arab neighbours insist on continuing to pursue.
It’s not the cloud of those international bodies in their desperate attempts to deny our legitimacy.
It’s a different kind of cloud, a cloud which does not release rain, but tears instead. And it’s one brought on by ourselves.
For when we hear of Jews in London saying kaddish for terrorists who want to rip our hearts out – there’s a problem.
When we see videos of American Jews abandoning the Birthright program to join forces with an Israeli group who demonize Israel from within – there’s an issue.
When we see summer Jewish camps in America – whose sole purpose appears to be to present a hostile and negative image of Israel – something has broken.
When we hear of synagogues who actually establish themselves as ‘anti-Zionist,’ it’s hard to know what to think.
And when we see Jews leading movements such as the BDS or Jewish Voice for Peace – something has gone wrong.
Very wrong. Horribly wrong.
Because something has happened and there exists today a disconnect between many Jews and their Jewish identity. They are detached from their heritage, their history, their purpose. Many unfortunately, have abandoned their people to join a dark and evil nefarious force – a force hell-bent on destroying the Jewish people.
This is not about politics and it’s not about how religious or observant you are. It’s about maintaining and strengthening a Jewish identity in a world where identities are being slowly ripped away.
Because there is a generation of lost Jews out there and as much as we need to fight against the self-destructive ideas some of them have – we also need to fight for them – those who cannot find their way home.
We did not survive thousands of years of persecution to simply disappear today. Our parents and their parents and their parents before did not hold onto ancient customs and beliefs for them to so easily be dismissed today. Our ancestors did not write the most influential books in history for us to discard them like flyers on the windscreen of a car.
The Jewish people are under attack – not just against our physical bodies, but our spiritual ones too. And while our enemies can certainly hurt us and cause us great pain, our continuity will never depend on them, but on us.
Because we are responsible for one another. We – and no one else. Too many of us look outside for validation of who we are and what we can do, when true validation comes from inside.
That’s why Israel needs to become our home – either physically or spiritually, for it is the place in which we truly belong. It’s where our future lies and our past. Where the link is strong between what has gone before and what will come ahead. It remains our shining light on the hill – the one that warms us, invites us and makes us feel comfortable.
For too many of us, that message has been lost, distorted, or forgotten in the noisy din of the modern lifestyle where social media buzz words seem to hold more weight than a 4000 year old tradition.
We need to teach our children what being part of the people of Israel means – but we also need to teach ourselves about who we are. Remind us of our pride. Our history. Our culture. Our customs. Our religion. Our stories.
And oh what a wonderful history we have. What a beautiful culture. What stories from which we can learn to help us today and what stories we can use to guide us tomorrow.
Now, it’s true that there are many self-destructing elements within our own community, false rabbis who preach against Israel, Jews who consort with those who want to wipe out Jews, community members who feel the best way forward is to assimilate entirely.
And if this makes you uncomfortable and angry, it should. We need to be uncomfortable, because when you’re uncomfortable, it drives you to change, drives you to want to make things better, drives you to improve the world.
Although this cloud above us is thick and although this cloud is dark, there are rays of sunshine that penetrate through it, delivering a beacon of hope that shines and glows and shimmers with a radiance that does not dim with time, but shines ever brighter with it.
For we are a people of hope.
And this hope allows me to see an awakening in the community. It allows me to see a renewed sense of pride too. All around us are individuals and groups rising up to fight against this malevolent force among us. I see people filled with so much passion and so much pride and so much energy standing up for their people and for their country and for their honour.
In London, this energy was evident when Jews stood together and forced a British Reform movement, who were prepared to send to Israel a summer tour, led by someone who said Kaddish for terrorists, to drop that person.
It’s evident in reports of the continuing rise of the numbers of lone soldiers – Jews who live in the diaspora but volunteer to serve in the IDF to defend their people.
And then there are those who make Aliyah – the ultimate expression of love and commitment to the Nation of Israel.
While there are many wonderful people who support Israel, for Jews it’s not about a cause or a campaign. It’s something far more personal. It’s a feeling that lives in our hearts and in our souls and binds us across all time and all space. It’s a spiritual connection between who we are in the world of today and who we are in the world of yesterday and in the world of tomorrow.
It is our ancient and our modern birthright – one that cannot be ripped away by anyone.
There comes a time when each generation is called upon to stand up and be counted. To stand up and fight the good fight – the fight that must be fought to safeguard the future for those ahead. This is our fight and our responsibility – to safeguard our nation, safeguard our identity, to protect it and to maintain that link that has kept us together for almost 4000 years.
And if we cannot find a way – there will be no way.
No matter how isolated we sometimes might feel. No matter how dark that cloud that hangs above us looks. No matter how daunting the road ahead stretches and no matter how alone we sometimes each might feel, there is something we must never forget.
Jews are never alone. We are part of something so much more than ourselves. We belong to each other, bound by ancient ties that do not sever with time, do not wither in the storm, do not erode in the rain, and do not decay in the heat.
We are the Jews – a people scattered throughout every time and every place – yet always destined to find our way home.
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