so due to the conversation i posted just before, i really got to thinking about a direction.
how can a jew feel like israel is a foreign country? different, yes. hectic, definitely. crazy, conflicting, excited, deep, difficult.
but foreign? that hurts. the first time a jew comes to israel, sure, it does feel foreign. different culture than america, at least. in many ways, not all. it can be difficult getting used to some attitudes, some behaviors, chick peas. but even if that is hard for someone to adjust to, (and even over a 2 week vacation or a ten-day birthrite trip?) can’t they overlook it to some degree to at least understand that these people is what is significant? that these people are their people, we’re all together in this, whether you asked for it or not?
it’s basically the same old direction but new inspiration. i want to help jews outside israel understand israel, warm up to israel – and help to warm israel up to them… i dont want jews to feel like they’re country is foreign. that’s so harsh…
it’s a two-fold goal for people:
א. jews from outside israel must feel comfortable about israel and what it can be for them
ב. israel needs to be prepared and willing to make jews from outside accomplish א
i know this is obvious, and the reason why this is a continuous goal for me is because i have been thinking about this, and in essence, putting it into practice as best as i can for the last five years or so.
but i feel a bit refreshed about this newfound inspiration, due to that stinging conversation i had before.
aright, well, i’ll think more about how to make this happen while i actually live in israel – making shlichut difficult and reaching out a bit more complicated. nonetheless, it’s something i need to start thinking about.