Middle East 12:13 AM 5/23/2013
Inside Israel 3:13 AM 5/23/2013
Middle East 4:43 AM
David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.
For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.
David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 33 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 14 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.
Links to sites David recommends:
(others to be added)
Av 12, 5770, 7/23/2010
Little did I know that that young soldier, putting his life on the line in Hebron, not yet even an Israeli citizen, would later become famous, starring in the internationally acclaimed program "Tuesday Night Live."
Today, together with Jeremy Gimpel, Ari Abramowitz is making history, or perhaps better put, telling history the way it really is. And not just ancient history. These two men are using television as a tool to 'spread the word,' and they do it very well. They've interviewed countless people, including yours truly, on their show, and have developed an expertise second to none. I can but recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity to see them live in Houston. I have no doubt that following this show you will be delighted that you attended.
With blessings from Hebron,
P.O. Box 8643
Zionism is not Dead
Last week, touring with a couple of Americans, I stopped off at the ancient Ashkenazi cemetery in Hebron. This cemetery was used primarily by the Chabad-Lubuvitchers, who arrived in Hebron beginning in the early 1800s. The most prominent person interred at the cemetery is Menucha Rachel Shneerson Slonim, granddaughter of the Ba'al HaTanya, the founder of the Chabad movement, and daughter of the "Middler Rebbi."
The entire cemetery was razed to the ground between 1929 and 1967. However Menucha Rachel's gravesite was restored, due to the generous help of Rabbi Yosef Gutnick. Unfortunately, Arabs in the area constantly desecrate her grave because the Israeli security forces refuse to post guards at the cemetery. They also prevent Jews in Hebron from guarding the site 24 hours a day.
However, every afternoon a group of men study Torah in the small courtyard adjacent to the actual cemetery. During those few hours a small contingent of Israeli soldiers are posted there, to protect them from any Arab attacks.
While we were there last week one of the soldiers, hearing us speaking English, approached us and asked us where we were from. It turns out that this soldier, named Ari, is from Texas and has been in the army for seven months. We talked for a little while and then continued on our way.
This morning, during Shabbat prayers at Ma'arat HaMachpela, I noticed him, asked him where he was eating lunch, and invited him to my home for a Shabbat meal. He agreed and met me at Beit Hadassah an hour later.
During lunch he told us that he is not yet an Israeli citizen. Ari is participating in a program called "Machal" which, translated into English, is a program for non-Israelis who wish to voluntarily serve in the army. Ari, 20 years old and a student at Yeshiva University in New York, did four months of basic training and another 2 months of military exercises. He is now in Hebron and will soon be heading off on another assignment. Three months from now he will take off his uniform and study in a Hesder Yeshiva for another 3 months, before wrapping up the program.
I asked him why he wanted to serve in the Israeli army, even before he declares citizenship, (which he eventually plans on doing). His answer, in one word, was "Zionism."
Here is an American from Texas, sitting next to me in Hebron, wearing an army uniform, 20 years old, telling me that he is willing to put his life on the line because of "Zionism.' In the ensuing discussion he told me that he is aware that many Israelis look for ways to avoid serving. He also expressed disappointment that most of the fellows in his unit serve, not for ideological reasons, but because they have no choice. Even so, Ari is happy that he is here, doing what he is doing.
Following his stint in the army, Ari plans to continue his higher education here in Israel. Having already begun in the United States, it would be easier to continue there. This he knows. But he also understands that it is more important for him to be here. He doesn't want to 'get stuck' in the United States. The only way to be sure of being here in Israel is, very simply, to be here.
Ari didn't have a lot of time to spend with us. Duty calls. He left us, before we finished the meal, to begin another eight hour tour of duty. Not easy, standing in one spot for eight hours at a stretch. It is just as difficult, perhaps, to patrol for eight hours. But Ari left happily, knowing that he is fulfilling a mission - not only his mission, but the mission of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
Speaking before he left, I told Ari and the others at the table that I feel a spiritual uplifting being in the presence of such people, people who don't speak about what should be done, but actually go out and do it. Ari doesn't talk about ideals, he practices them. He doesn't look for excuses why it is too difficult to implement the ideals. He does what has to be done, easy or hard. Sure, there are disappointments - but they are not impediments to implementation; rather they serve to spur you on, looking forward, figuring out how to do more, how to improve.
There are those who say that Zionism is dead and buried - Zionism being the movement of the Jewish people back to the land of Israel. On the face of it, witnessing the opposite of pure Zionism, seeing Jews separate themselves from the Land of Israel piece by peace, that hypothesis seems to be correct. But being with Ari for a couple of hours left me knowing that Zionism is not dead. Maybe Zionism is in a deep slumber, perhaps even hibernating. But as long as there are people like Ari in the world, people who understand a simple truth and live accordingly, not for their own benefit, but for a common good, the common good of the Jewish people in Israel, one must reach a conclusion that Zionism is not dead. Ari is a living example.
ISRAEL’S #1 HIT TV SHOW “TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE” COMES TO THE U.S.
HOUSTON BASED EVENT EXPECTED TO KICK OFF U.S. MULTI-CITY TOUR
JERUSALEM—Israel’s smash hit “Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem,” the first ever Jerusalem-based English television show to broadcast internationally, is set to take their telecast to the U.S., filming a series of “ Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem across America” shows from different cities, starting with Houston, Texas on August 10th at 7:00pm at The Westin Galleria Hotel (5060 W. Alabama).
Hosted by internationally recognized TV and radio personalities Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel, “Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem” sends a message of inspiration, truth, and unwavering dedication to the land of Israel in each of its shows. In Jerusalem, the show regularly sells out to an audience of people across different faiths, nationalities, and religious backgrounds, and now they plan on taking TNL to every state in America.
The duo, commander and soldier in the IDF reserves, started the English language variety show to project the beauty, wisdom, and celebration of the Jewish People who have finally returned to their Homeland after 2,000 years. It is a platform for notable politicians, educators, activists, entertainers, and everyday people on the streets of Jerusalem to show the land of Israel through their perspective. The Houston show will include top musical performers and entertainment, as well as a one-on-one interview with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R). Tickets cost $18 and are available for purchase by emailingHouston@thelandofisrael.com.
TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE IN HOUSTON
“As Americans who moved to Israel we wanted to highlight Israel’s unparalleled contribution to the world”, said host and co-founder Ari Abramowitz. “By bringing a taste of Israel to Texas, and to places throughout America, we are sharing a celebration of Israel with the people that support us, and showing the world we stand together.”
“Our show was started out of a deep frustration that no matter how beautiful and exemplary our actions are, much of the world media will spin, distort, and lambast us. We have the right to be proud of our inspiring work in Haiti – and we deserve more than the dark and perverse accusations of organ harvesting and abuse” says Ari.
“We even offer help and assistance to our mortal enemies, like Iran’s earthquake, but they refuse and say they would rather die than accept help from the Jews” Gimpel adds.
“While the conflict has long been at the center of the media’s attention, the concept of the show is to shift the focus for the world to see the beauty of the people and our heritage and take pride in everything Israel has to offer,” added host and creator Jeremy Gimpel.
Launched in 2008, “Tuesday Night Live” (TNL) is the first ever Jerusalem based English television show to broadcast to the world. With over 53 episodes in just three seasons, TNL has become a household name in Jerusalem and a cultural phenomenon throughout world. The show celebrates and rejoices in the rich culture and experiences life in Israel has to offer through features including interviews with politicians, newsmakers, spiritual leaders and everyday people, along with musical acts, funny street segments, and more. The show is dedicated to inspiring the world and empowering the Jewish people. www.TheLandOfIsrael.com.