Zionism is not dead: Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel

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David Wilder
David Wilder was born in New Jersey in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1976. He has been in Israel for over forty years. For over twenty years David Wilder worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron as English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He has written hundreds of articles, appearing on Arutz Sheva, the Jerusalem Post and other publications. David is presently the Exec. Director of Eretz.Org. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and meets with diverse groups, lecturing and answering questions. He occasionally travels abroad, speaking at various functions. He published, in English and Hebrew, Breaking the Lies, a booklet dealing with numerous issues concerning Hebron and Judea and Samaria. Additionally, David has published a number of ebooks of photographs and articles, available on Amazon or via www.davidwilder.org David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 38...

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Many years ago I came across an English-speaking soldier serving in Hebron. After talking for a while I invited him to a Shabbat meal at our home in Beit Hadassah. After those few hours together, I was so impressed, that I wrote an article about him, which I titled 'Zionism is not dead.' (See below.)

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.
Here is an American from Texas, sitting next to me in Hebron, wearing an army uniform, 20 ye
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.'
ars old, telling me that he is willing to put his life on the line because of "Zionism.'

With blessings from Hebron,

David Wilder
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.'

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Zionism is not Dead
by David Wilder
February 12, 2000


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.






            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.






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“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.