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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 proud to be sharing a platform with Arutz Sheva in the mission of guiding Jews home to Israel. We look forward to your visit to our website. In particular, G-d willing, we hope that visit will enhance your determination towards making a move to live in Israel.
A pious Jew wakes each morning thanking Hashem for the supreme gift of life, a soul returned to the body, after laying in a near death coma throughout the night. Should a pious people then not thank Hashem for the supreme gift of receiving a national entity, a people returned to its land, after suffering near extinction throughout its long struggle in the Diaspora?
The process of Aliyah is an awakening of the soul, at every moment of the day, for individuals and for a nation. What does 'going up' really mean, is there a simple term to describe the word Aliyah? In choosing these words, I hope to rekindle the passion every Jew should feel for life. In exploring the simple question of where are we heading with our lives, making Aliyah as a journey to a 'specific' destination can go a long way to solving that timeless dilemma.
It is well known that a pious Jew also springs out of bed each morning like a lion cub ready to devour prey. Only the Jews' mission is to serve Hashem, and the ensuing morning prayers will lead in that noble direction. How do we serve Hashem? The answer is found in every Bible, indeed Jews are not alone in this matter. The Jewish Bible has found resonance within the prayers of other major religions. But it is only when Jews also serve Hashem as a united people that the response of universal prayers will echo with the will of the G-d of Israel, for the benefit of the Children of Israel, and thus for all mankind.
How do we serve Hashem as a united people? To be truly united one needs a common time and space to gather in. Hashem has continuously reminded us that a space exists for us to settle as a people, a nation. The Land of Israel is here. As for the time, look to your own schedule and decide? However, please don't delay your own coming, or Aliyah to Israel. G-d also gave us a precious gift of being part of a people, and it is up to each of us to make that gift sparkle as it truly should.
So my dear brothers and sisters, when you next awake, let it be with determination to make Aliyah not only an awakening process, but the start of a journey to a destination, home to Israel. And, for Jews already here, let that destination be to a higher location in Israel, to enable you to shine a light to your people in exile to guide them home.
The place is Israel and the time is now!