Arutz Sheva: Then and Now

Arutz Sheva may be our computer's homepage, but for me, the memories of the radio station will always be stronger.

Batya Medad,

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Arutz Sheva may be our computer's homepage, but for me, the memories of the radio station will always be stronger.
Modern education experts explain that there are different types of learners, the visual, verbal and kinesthetic. I'm kinesthetic, so the physical sensation of the music I used to hear on Arutz Sheva, originally without any commentary, is still reverberating. I loved that music - Jewish, Israeli, and in the beginning, they even played some old Fred Berk Israeli Folk Dance albums. It made me feel young.

The truth is that whenever I hear any music from my youth, I feel the age I was when I first heard the same tunes by the same artists. I must also admit that the same aspect of my nature misses Abie Nathan's Voice of Peace, since he used to broadcast some of my favorite classic "oldies" every evening from 6:30-8:00pm. For years, at that hour, I'd start twitching towards the radio, but then I'd remember.
Since Abie Nathan wasn't considered an outlaw for his broadcasts, who expected Arutz Sheva's radio to be closed down by the Israeli government? I guess we were all very naive.
Arutz Sheva Radio's success was its downfall. The "establishment" got scared when they discovered that it had become commonplace to hear Arutz Sheva radio on public buses.
So, now Arutz Sheva has been taken from the masses and can only be accessed by computer via the Internet (don't forget that not everyone has a computer). Friday morning cooking and cleaning are no longer done with the words of wisdom of the late and adored Adir Zik in the background.
Now I have to be my own DJ and choose the Jewish and Israeli music by myself.
And about "words of wisdom," how ironic that my own writing has become a regular feature on Arutz Sheva's English-language Opinion page. Due to Arutz Sheva, I've heard from people all over the world who read my articles. On one of the Nefesh B'Nefesh flights I was privileged to accompany, as a journalist, one of the olim came up to me: "Wow! I know you! You write for Arutz Sheva!"
It certainly helped him open up for a good interview. Jews and non-Jews all over the world trust what they read on Arutz Sheva. That's something that certainly can't be said about other media sources.
It's too bad that there isn't more translating between the Hebrew and other language pages of Arutz Sheva. I think it would really add to everyone's knowledge to share, since from what I understand, the pages are all very different. My neighbors here in Shiloh wish they could read my articles in Hebrew, and I would like to know more of what's on the Hebrew page, but I can't get through the longer articles. And honestly, I don't have the time it would take me to read all the Hebrew.

That's one of the reasons I miss the radio. It united us, since many olim from all over the world are like me in that we could easily understand the Hebrew radio broadcasts, but need our native tongue when reading. In the days of Arutz Sheva radio, we listened to the same programs; and now we don't.
One can do almost anything while listening to the radio, but if we're on the computer, that's it. And so many people don't have computers; and they're not as portable as radios (especially those little things people now plug into their ears).
It's Chanukah now, the holiday when we publicize our Judaism and publicize the miracles G-d has done for us. Arutz Sheva certainly does that.
Thank you, Arutz Sheva!

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