The other day, a contingent from the far off world of Tel Aviv came to visit Shilo. The discussion was based on the image of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria the world sees, and the image that the rest of Israel sees. Obviously the pride of our region often goes unnoticed or unrecognized, be they world class University Professors, Doctors, Heroes of Disaster ridden Haiti, Artists or just the good people who surround us daily, the world sees what the media shows them, most often the negative side (which is the minority).
One major topic came up that should bring pride to anyone living in Judea and Samaria, that being the family, community, Zionist and Jewish values that exist in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria are noticeably being missed in the rest of the country.
Our children are being looked upon as what should be, and what many parents wish for their own. Nothing to do with a specific religious outlook, as our communities are not defined by religious adherence or affiliation, indeed we are quite mixed. Many in Israel are reminiscing about the “good old days”, and they are seeing them again in the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria. Israel is waking up, despite our politician’s unrealistic views and ideas. Unfortunately many of our fellow Jews outside of Israel do not see this, simply because they are afraid or “pressured” into not coming and visiting these communities, so much for “Birthright” or the various “Leadership” Missions. I do not plan on “bashing” others, their loss far out-weighs their gains.
Wake up NOW!
Shavuot is upon us, thank Gd, one again we celebrate the giving and the receiving of the Torah, we also celebrate the harvest, again giving and receiving, in short…Heaven and Earth coming together. Eternal connections that were made long ago that last forever, that should always be together.
Like the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.