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"O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers."
Watch the video. The Arabs accompanied by, or possibly instigated by left wing organizations come to make trouble with Jewish re-Settlers. I write 're' settlers, because the Jewish People are 're' settling our land that we were thrown out of. I may add that even at the time of expulsion there remained a remnant of the Jewish people in Israel and there has always been a Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. Our kings ruled here, and there has never been an official Palestinian state here. No Palestinian Kings, or Presidents or Prime Ministers ever ruled here. The Jewish People were the only people who had a functioning and legal country here, and dare one say, long before Islam ever came to be created.
The accompanying text to this video was as follows:
"On 15 December 2009, settlers prevented Palestinian farmers from planting olive trees on the farmers land in Deir Nidham, north of Ramallah. Soldiers at the scene did nothing to prevent the harm to the Palestinians. Instead, they closed the area to all civilians, Palestinians and settlers."
What 'harm' was done to the Arabs? Do you think that Israelis would plan to 'davka' make trouble with the Arabs precisely when the Lefty organizations are there waiting? Or perhaps, it was the other way around, that the left wing organizations went to instigate a planned confrontation with Israeli settlers? Notice in the dialogue that the officer reminds the Arabs how just the other day they attacked Jews with molotov cocktails.
I wonder if the Lefty organizations demanded this IDF officer's discharge? Or will this young man have a future now in Politics like the newly famous brave young man named Daniel Pereg, the 16 year old boy from Los Angeles that faced off, alone, with an angry Arab crowd demonstrating in the streets and yelling "Free Palestine"?
There is a new generation of proud and brave Jews coming into the fray.
What do you think of this young IDF officer?
When I was a young girl, I was kind of like a tom-boy. I was rough and tough. Played outside from morning till night, (except for watching Dark Shadows at 3pm). In the mid 70’s, I took auto mechanics and weight lifting as my P.E. class – this at the time before women did those kind of things. There was me and one other ‘butch’ type girl in a class of about 25 smelly sweaty guys <grin>. I earned their respect when I was able to squat 220 pounds – enough to join the men’s weight-lifting team of the high school, and I benched 110 lbs which was pretty good for a girl back then. Point is…. I moved forward, but had many skinned and scabby knees throughout my years growing up. If I had let the pain of my falls and scrapes and bumps stop me from moving forward, I would have stayed ‘safe’, but become a wimpy person with less character and unfilled potential, because I wouldn’t have pushed my boundaries further nor set higher and higher goals for myself. I wanted to be tough, strong, and independent. And that meant expecting falls along the way, but learning how to get up and move on.
My mother has always wondered at doting moms, who, when taking their kids to the play ground, would stand over them like a hawk guarding them from possibly getting hurt. They would say, “Honey, don’t climb up that slide’s ladder, you might get hurt. “ Or, “Don’t climb the monkey bars too high, you might fall and then get hurt.” My mother taught me that one shouldn’t always try to limit someone because they MIGHT fall, but instead, to teach them what to do IF they fall. And that is, to teach them how to (try to) fall the correct way, and how to brush themselves off and get back up again.
There’s an old story told about Thomas Edison, the man who received credit for inventing the light bulb. The story goes that he was known to have failed about a 1000 times before succeeding in creating a well working bulb. And when asked about all his failures, he supposedly stated, “I haven’t failed a thousand times, I just successfully discovered a thousand ways how not to make it."
The Torah teaches us in story after story, how our great forefathers fell, and then got up and continued on. This is one of the wonderful things about the Torah, never hiding the truth. Our forefathers were human beings, designed to sometimes fall. But what made them great, was their ability to correct their mistakes and forge forward. All of Mankind has this ability. It is programmed into us.
As we develop, we sometimes skin our knees in this world. It is not necessarily a punishment, rather a consequence of living life. And if you are thinking, “I can’t, or it is too late, or, I am too scared, etc”, then just remember, BABY STEPS COUNT! Take it slowly if need be, but MOVE. Baby steps really DO count!
What’s one of those favorite sayings that I love? “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intentions of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “Woo hoo, what a ride!”. Please watch this very inspiring video that we all need to see and internalize to make our lives so much better. It can remove the excess guilt that sometimes paralyzes us, telling us there is no hope, and thus stops us from becoming great and achieving our full potential that G-d gave us.
May we all be inscribed for a good year.
Shana tova!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Ouch! I hurt my finger on the keyboard!) [wink]