Honor those who slave to free our people

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.
There are unsung heroes who slave to free our people. Day in. Day out. Year in. Year out.  I’d like to dedicate this post to a few of them, before our people’s Holiday of Freedom.

One unsung heroine I know simply as “Ruthi”. I originally met her in Gush Katif. Many of us are exclusively preoccupied with the state of our kitchen closets these days. Not Ruthi. Here is what she is organizing, and note the Luveretz (as she calls it) enthusiasm in every word of her prose:

“FULL DAY VISITING VITAL OUTPOSTS – CHOL HAMOED PESACH, yud-chet Nisan – TUESDAY, APRIL 26. Come, join us in another unforgettable, meaningful experience in the vitally strategic, gorgeous, Shomron mountains in a full-day Pesach tiyul.  By our very visit, we will be bringing chizuk & encouragement, at the same time as getting to know parts of our Precious Land.  8:45 am departure from Binyanei HaUma in Jerusalem.               In both Ivrit & English. Meet some of the wonderful people who are holding on to our Precious Land. Bullet-proof bus and Tour guide Ya'acov with us throughout the day. Scheduled to visit: Lehava, Shchunat Tet HaYovel,        Givat Arnon, Alamot, HaNekudah, Bor Yosef  (depending on IDF)”  etc.  Ruthi darkly warns: “On the last "Pesach Ma'achazim Tour", the bus was completely full & I had to turn people away so make sure your reservations are paid for now!  Avoid being disappointed! We all know how very precious & vital these Outposts (Ma'achazim) are to our beloved Land”.

Our beloved land – our precious land! When is the last time you heard Prime Minister Netanyahu, or American Jewish leaders, talk that way? 

By the way, if just reading about Ruthi has made you want to come along, simply email Ruthi to luveretz@netvision.net.il  (or even by phone: 02- 5611962).

I received another update today from hareidi-American activist Robin Ticker (speaking of unsung heroes who slave to free our people). She wrote of “Shmuel, a  dedicated and persistent activist for Eretz Yisroel (who) has been calling the Gedolim on a daily basis.  Shmuel is a very Temimisdic (sincere and idealistic with a touch of innocence)  person who yearns for the return of the Sanhedrin and for Moshiach to come now in our days. Perhaps it is for this reason, many of the Rabbanim have been amazingly gracious and have been taking his calls in spite of their very hectic schedules.  Shmuel is persistent in calling upon Members of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah to speak up in a forthright manner against a 2 State Solution and for our entitlement of Yehudah and the Shomron based on the Torah and the Covenant Hashem Promised to our Forefathers Avraham Yitzchok and Yaakov. “

And what about Edith from Netanya? This faithful friend of Eretz Yisrael loses no opportunity to set Israeli society straight on Eretz Yisrael related issues in her determined letters to the editor. For years! She is a permanent fixture of the Jerusalem Post, a newspaper which for various reasons has much more influence than you would think.

Then there is Michael from Rishon Le-Zion, a young man who had a little vacation time this week. His choice of how to spend his free time was to promptly contact Mattot Arim and ask how he and his computer can help Eretz Yisrael. 

Aharon from Rehovot has been organizing the monthly bus from Rehovot to Hebron for years and years. When the prohibitively expensive bulletproof busses are not fully covered by the passengers, this father of 6 has made up the difference from his own pocket. “What can I do,” he sighed when I confronted him about this. Shula from Gedera was the one who told me about Aharon’s making up these deficits. “So I gave him some money,” Shula concluded. Is Shula a wealthy person? Certainly not. She is a retired daycare center worker. But Eretz Yisrael is a value she wants to help protect. Quite right too.

Ruthi – Robin – Shmuel – Edith – Michael – Aharon – Shula – many others: Happy holiday of freedom next week. May we all, like you, have the privilege of being fighters for the Jewish people – each within our own area of influence.  That’s really what freedom is for -- or perhaps what freedom is made of.