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Audio: Aviela Deitch: From Milwaukee to Migron. A Female Pioneer Speaks

"Israel was the home team we rooted for now I'm not so sure."
2/7/2014, 11:59 AM

A7 Radio's "Life Lessons with Judy Simon" with Judy Simon
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In what way was Milwaukee an idyllic place to grow up, and in what way was it a nightmare? 

What's the right age for teaching your children the use of firearms?

What does a community go through as they watch their homes being destroyed by their own people at the orders of their own government?

Aviela Deitch made Aliyah as a teen as a strong Zionist. Twenty years later, her home and community of Migron was destroyed by the Israeli government.

Aviela says, "I feel betrayed and a horrific sense of disappointment. We were rooting for the home team and the home team was the Israelis . . . It's a different picture when you're actually here. It's not perfect." On the other hand, when speaking to her almost-army-aged son, she says, "When it comes right down to it, if you're not part of the system you can't change it. You can't make it better unless you participate as much as you can to make it the way it should be." She adds with irony, "You can't have the army who is defending us, and for the most part they do defend us, be the enemy!"

Tune in to meet a down-to-earth Jew who has been through trauma but is strong enough to keep believing in her country and in the future of the Jewish people. A very inspiring and powerful show!

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Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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