Sunday, September 23, 2012

The High Holidays and Israel

As we are in the midsts of the highest, most spiritual days on the Jewish calendar, days of retrospection and repentance, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, I would be remiss if I didn't post something.

The longer I go without posting on Supporting Our Israel, the harder it becomes to write again. Whether right or wrong, I have had to put the site on the side. I would like to say that it is no more and that I will be returning to posting often. I fervently pray that this is the case (which is actually true, I did insert some type of prayer for my renewed attention to this project.) I have no answers on the matter, only to say I have so much to write about, and when I do, you will see the old Simon back, with new articles, showing the positive sides of Israel and their place in the world, but also a side which I wasn't sure if I wanted to bring out.

As many of my friends and family know, world events are an obsession of mine. More pointedly, how they are to affect the United States and Israel. My iPhone has email after email, RSS feed after RSS feed, apps and bookmarks of everything from Arutz 7 to Haaretz, Fox News to CNN, and things I should say I am ashamed to read as a lover of Israel, like +972 Magazine.

Since my last post, I have been watching in awe and amazement, good and bad, at the events unfolding worldwide. Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear monster, President Obama is up for reelection and I seriously doubt if he'll pull it off. A US Ambassador was murdered by Muslims and barely a sigh of aggravation was let out from the administration or Mitt Romney. The so called Arab Springs have turned the heat into Arab Summers, sweltering to every country, while the leaders and funders, Iran, would like to make the infidel countries experience the Arab/Nuclear Winter. The President of the United States has repeatedly made a fool of the the Prime Minister of Israel, the only ally in the region, at the same time, pandering to the animals still running amok in the World, angry at nothing other than the rest of the world isn't Muslim.

On the flip side, even though Israel brought home nothing in the Olympics, Jews around the world were proud to see Israel walk with their heads held high through the 1972/2012 Munich Controversy. Our little country remains strong on the forefront of Medical development in the world, working tirelessly to treat all diseases and maladies.

I have seen a few friends make Aliyah, which brings a happy and healthy jealousy into my life. My own brother, who made aliyah a few years ago, tells me that Israel is THE place to be. Yet, we have seen some of the giants of the Jewish religion, HaRav HaGaon Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Pinchas Sheinberg ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Nosson Tzvi Finkel ztz"l and many others, be called to the heavenly Beis Medrash.

The year has had tremendous ups and downs. For myself, my family and friends and for the Jewish nation as a whole and as we come upon Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance, it is important for all of us, yes, myself included, to look deep down. What can we change to better ourselves? How can we bring more positive "vibes" into the world? Maybe some more charity can be given or we can begin to stop slandering others.

We are coming upon some very perilous times in this world. The least we can do is to strengthen our resolve. We can strengthen our unity and work together to defeat the evil in this world to make it safe for us all.

I wish you all a G'mar Chatima Tova, a Gut Gebentche Yuhr, Shana Tova. I look forward to striking up a discussion with all of my readers again, soon.