Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Guess It's Pride (or Hatred): China turns down aid

According to the latest news reports, at least 12,000 people have died in a terrible earthquake in China. Urgent, overburdened with the need to help those who managed to survive, China has put out a call for help...except from Israel.

That's right. According to several news sources, including Israel National News cited below - the Chinese would rather have their people buried in the rubble than dare to take aid from Israel. Now that's an amazing thing, no? This takes pride and hatred to a whole new level:
China has requested aid from the international community but turned down assistance offered by Israel, Voice of Israel government radio

Friday, May 9, 2008

Our Country - Happy Birthday, Israel!

This was sent to me by email - it's a beautiful summary of a beautiful country - happy birthday, Israel!


What does one do on a birthday?

Search one's soul, consider what was, and how to go forward.

But also. give thanks.

Thanks for what we have achieved, for those things we have gonethrough for the better and the best.

Thanks for the new strength that flows from our students, oursoldiers, our young people.

Thanks for our land -our gorgeous, wonderful, wide-open land--land of the gazelle, the land bequeathed to us, and which we havethe great merit to live upon and defend.

Thanks for a nation of people who know how to laugh and toendure, and to care- so much!

Who know how to band together as one when they absolutely must.

Thanks for our youth - so marvelous and dedicated, who know the secret of sacrifice and messirat nefesh, even without being taught.

Thanks to G-d for giving us another chance to be a Jewish nationin our own land.

We will try this time not to fail Him ...


If we could, we would give you a present:

A tree under whose shade we rested.

A new trail we found right near the house.
Vistas one sees only after a long, hard climb up a mountaintop.
A home and a family.
The smile of children.
We would give you a letter, the letter one writes when one is in love, the letter one tears to shreds when one is angry, the letter one pieces together again and again with tears and paste and continues to write.

A look ahead, a look behind
A little country, only 60 years old.
An ancient nation, two thousand and sixty years old.
A collection of prayers that became a reality: the prayer of a slave in Egypt.
The prayer of Rabbi Akiva. The prayer of the Jew by the waters of Babylon.
The prayer of a Jew in Europe during the Holocaust.
The prayer of a boy on the deck of the Exodus.
Prayers that continue until today, and will go on tomorrow, and the next day and forever.

A prayer that we shall be worthy, that we will withstand the trials, that we shall become the last link in the chain that connects the thunder of Mount Sinai to the days of the final tikkun of a nation living in its old-new land.

With love and hope,
Mechina Carmey Hayil
Beit Rimon, Galilee

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Israel Helping Others - A Way of Life

Without doubt, a critical part of who we are is shaped by the memory of a time when we needed help and only a very few reached out to offer that help. Once we achieved our goal and re-established our country, helping others around the world has indeed become a way of life. Often, Israel does it quietly - sending aid in a country's time of need.

Recent articles in a number of Israeli sites reported that we are sending medical aid and water treatment supplies to the stricken Myanmar community after devastating cyclones hit recently. The world may not recognize this aid, but hopefully those who are receiving it will remember in their time of need, Israel reached out to help - this IS Israel.

Foreign Ministry officials announced Monday that Israel would send assistance to Myanmar following a cyclone that caused extensive death and destruction in the country. Israel will send medical assistance and water treatment supplies, they said. Israel is currently waiting to hear what exactly Myanmar needs, they added.
Hundreds of people were reported dead following the cyclone and thousands more are missing. The Myanmar government has expressed fear that death tolls will increase due to the storm’s effect on the water supply.