Friday, May 16, 2008


The Teen Path: Appreciating the Land

We introduce a new contributor at Mystical Paths. Chavi is a religious Jewish teenage young lady of American background living in Israel.

by Chavi at Mystical Paths

Last week we 'celebrated' Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. I spent the day with a friend in the West Bank (a day off is always nice) and we discussed, what is this day to us while sitting in the Land of Israel, in the West Bank.

My friend replied, "I'm celebrating having a home in the Holy Land." I had thought about this subject for some time before Yom HaAtzmaut, as the majority of the frum (ultra-orthodox) Jewish world says the founding of the State was a bad thing. However, I think we have something to celebrate.

Not a government, the Israeli system is just nuts. Not a State, for this state isn't doing very good things. But, the achievements here are great. I can sit here in the Holy Land, I can pray at the Jewish holy sites, I can look out across the hills of Land of Israel. How is that?

Blessings from Hashem, of course. But, some young men came and fought to make those blessings happen. Brave young men, many only teens, fought so they could have a home. They fought for the Land of Israel.

THEY FOUGHT FOR THE LAND HASHEM GAVE US! And they succeeded! They fought to keep Jews alive. Shouldn't we be grateful? I can sit here in my home in Israel writing this article because broken Jews from Europe came and fought, poor Jews from Russia came and built a town, chassidic Jews came from Ukraine and built a synagogue. I can pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall, because a bunch of young men only a couple of years older than me fought their way through Jerusalem.

I think that sacrifice is worth remembering, and their accomplishment is worth celebrating. And we have to thank Hashem for every inch of the Land of Israel that we have.

We mourn a lot, the destruction of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash. Shouldn't we be celebrating the rebuilding of Jerusalem? Shouldn't we show Hashem how much we appreciate what He's done for us? And then, maybe He'll consider us worthy of doing more.

Shabbat Shalom from Eretz Yisroel,

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  1. 100%! I think only someone who lives with this daily reality can understand the dichotomy.

  2. Chavi,

    Sephardi Jews were here waiting for and smuggling in European Jews. They were organizing and paving the way, long before the European survivors arrived.

    This is my big problem. Jews from the middle east were here, never left or returned, long prior to the Holocaust.

    Akiva, I am the child of a European survivor and an old Bagdadi family with direct lines to the Ben Ish Chai-zt'l. Leaving out a crucial and vital part of our population in Israel's history is revisionist. Not Okay. Now, I understand that schools teach this stuff to kids, but parents should teach the rest.

    Unity, Achdut- means remembering the Middle Eastern Jews who were expelled and persecuted. Required reading should include:
    From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters.

    Teach our children. Achdut begins in the home. In our home, talk of Ashkenaz/Sepharad superiority is banned. We are Jews. And Europeans don't have the trump on Suffering, extermination and Suviving.

    We all made it to Eretz Yisrael. All.

    Chavi, you write exactly how many feel- but maideleh, you must remember us all. Your teachers need to stop excluding a major portion of our society.

  3. Leor from BrooklynMay 16, 2008 11:22 AM

    To the above comment:

    What does that have to do with Chavi's post? She is saying that we should take the time to thank the Boreh Olam for giving us Jerusalem and helping us fight our wars.

    I'm a Sephardic Jew myself and I do appreciate the effort and risks that the great Jews of Sephardic, middle-eastern decent have taken to ensure that Judaism survives in Eretz HaKodesh.

    To make you happy, let's just thank everyone.

    Thank you to the Sephardic Jews, European Jews... Hassidim, Lubavs and Breslovers....

    But most of all, thank YOU, our Great King, Creator of the world, for all that you have done for us!

    [as Chavi said] : )


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