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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
David Lev produced documentaries and television commercials before making Aliyah in 1999. He then organized Diplomatic Supplements for the Jerusalem Post. Later he led a PR mission to the British Government, aimed at increasing awareness of Israel's terrorist problems. David decided upon more practical measures by serving with a volunteer unit tasked with preventing such attacks. He has won a leading writing award for a competition hosted by A7. David is founder & editor of Aliyah Magazine, dedicated to attracting Jews to live in Israel.
Aliyah Magazine is dedicated towards building an Aliyah Community that will replace the Jewish Diaspora, and give direction to Jews, even in the Jewish Homeland, to raise themselves in Israel.
How many of you have ever felt frustration at the way the image of a Jew is often portrayed in this world?
Well, the days are numbered for the downtrodden Jew. Much of the world prefers to preserve the identity of a Jew as a citizen of any nation except Israel. Indeed one's social survival in the Diaspora is often measured more in terms of conformity to local norms than to a higher calling associated with a member of the tribe of Israel. Well that is about to change.
The Aliyah Community allows Jews worldwide to regain a meaningful purpose in their lives as far as their Judaism is concerned. A Jew living in the Diaspora who does not associate with a Jewish community is simply cut off from his or her spiritual source. The Torah frequently refers to the punishment of being cut off from one's people as being a severe blow. However, by extension, a Jewish community in the Diaspora which fails to also identify with Israel, in some respects commits an even graver mistake.
The most well known Jewish prayer is the Shema, which begins 'Hear o' Israel'. In essence, it speaks to that part of every Jewish soul that is connected to a greater portion, the 'Children of Israel'. As the prayer progresses through the words stating that even Israel is considered as nothing without the oneness of our maker, the full significance of Aliyah becomes more apparent. A Jew gains an identity through belonging to Israel, and Israel finds fulfillment through belonging to Hashem, G-d. Accordingly, Aliyah, which means 'ascending' refers both to a Jew raising one's identity within Israel, and on a greater scale, Israel raising its identity with G-d.
Therefore, the Aliyah Community is a dynamic movement that serves to provide Jews in the Diaspora with a single purpose, re-unification with Israel. The first step might be finding a local Jewish community to belong to. However, the buck doesn't stop there, as an awareness of the next stop should be held in mind, an actual move to the Jewish Homeland in Israel. Without this merging of Jews in one homeland, the ultimate stage of raising our national banner under the will of Hashem cannot be fulfilled.
Each and every Jew should therefore begin to take pride and strength in becoming part of an upwardly mobile community. Only an Israel committed to its destiny will send a message to the world...the downtrodden Jew is no longer your stepping stone. An Aliyah Community will take over the Jewish Diaspora and give purpose and direction to our special people. Every non-Jew supporting this movement can also take pride as being a participant in this Aliyah Community, as they are also uplifting their own mission on our shared planet.
Israel shall rise above the nations, not as a tyrant, but as a light & blessing for all mankind. Every Jew will surely find a destined place, however it is far better to exert personal effort in raising oneself from within, to fully be deserving in sharing the destiny of the Children of Israel.
Check out of the Diaspora, and into the Aliyah Community. For further information visit Aliyah Magazine