It is always inspiring for us in Israel, and at Nefesh B’Nefesh in particular, to welcome new Olim — and all the more so over the past few weeks. Despite the challenges we are currently facing, we have seen Olim determined to come home, making Aliyah undeterred. Whether in North America or in Israel, it’s special to see the unity of the Jewish nation. There have been numerous articles, videos and pictures shared during this time, helping people find comfort and strength in each other through song, dance, and help while coming together to support each other, our soldiers, and security forces. Here’s some of the online postings from the past two weeks that we thought deserved to be shared.
Am Yisrael Chai!
On October 12, 2015, the Mayor of Ashkelon, Itamar Shimoni, joined by his staff and representatives from the youth council, spent the morning handing out Israeli flags at intersections.
“One of my kids was really freaked out by yesterday’s terror attacks. Rightly so. So I took them to school today, which is in the Old City. I took the opportunity to visit the Kotel, which was good for my soul. Then headed over to Mamilla, which is sadly pretty empty, and took one for the team by eating breakfast at Aroma to help our suffering restaurants. Yeah, I’m amazing.
I noticed that getting out made me feel so much better. Life goes on. And Jerusalem is so beautiful. Looking around at how much it has developed despite the difficulties is inspiring and gives me strength to carry on. And of course the little interactions with Jerusalemites along the way is always nice.” – Miriam Schwab, October 2015
As we approached the end of the holiday of Succot, we prayed for an end to the violence. Next year in Jerusalem!