This first video will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. It is a flashmob is at Mamila Mall leading to the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. The song to which these Israelis, young and old, are dancing is a popular Israeli song from the early 70s with lyrics by Amir Gilboa and made popular by Shlomo Artzi.
The lyrics are:
Pit’om kam adam ba-boker
U-mar’gish ki hu am u-mat’chil la-le-chet
u-l’chol ha-nif’gash b’dar’ko koreh hu ‘Shalom.’
Suddenly a man wakes up in the morning
And He feels he is a nation and begins to walk
And to all he meets on his way he calls out ‘Shalom!’
The second is a debate between Jeremy Ben Ami, the President of J Street, and Matt Brooks, the Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, in Las Vegas. They discuss their very different perspectives on the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the 2-state solution, settlements, President Obama and his administration’s relationship with the State of Israel, BDS, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
The conversation shows as clear a differentiation between J Street and the RJC as I have heard – I encourage you to watch the entire 90 minute debate.
You decide who won!
Marsha Pinson said:
Thank you for the Flash Mob video, which I had time to watch—a cheery way to end the day. I will try to watch Jeremy tomorrow.
I have just returned from a study tour to Reggio Emilia and there were 8 colleagues from the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Early Childhood Center on the trip. Of course, I asked if they knew you and most knew of you—and understood why I still think of you as “my rabbi.” Reggio’s philosophy is very compelling for me even though Adas isn’t wedded to it.
The nature of the study was highly intellectual and spending a week with people so committed to the well-being and education of children from their first breaths, was inspiring.
Hope all is well with your school and your family, despite the awful and scary political climate we are experiencing!