Happy Herzl Day!

Happy Herzl Day!

So Theodore Herzl officially received his own day, and here it is on the 10th day of Iyar. He’s the guy who founded the Zionist World Congress in 1897 and pushed for Zionist awareness putting a modern state of Israel in the forefront of people’s minds.

I tink it’s silly to argue what Herzl would think of modern Israel, bla bla. The fact is he never lived here and now isn’t then. Why not just sit back and celebrate how far a little idealism can take you? That’s what today really should be about.

I just read in the NY Times about this American citizen named Eric Reeves who was battling leukemia but in his spare time taking on the cause of ending the war in Darfur. The guy is sick but took a grain of idealism and fought a citizens’ war to raise awareness and move the U.S. to action. And, as we see, the Americans and others are getting a mite more involved and maybe things are changing, albeit slowly. A new step has been taken, in any case, where no one dared walk before.

So, even if you’ve never heard of Herzl or you’re not Zionist, how about celebrating the grain of idealism in all of us, and maybe even taking a minute to visualize what it would be like if we acted on it?

As Theo said, “If you will it, it is no fairy tale.”







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