Helping Future Generations Appreciate the History of Israel

It doesn’t matter who or where you are, or where you are — there is no denying that our history plays a huge role in who we are. This might be because we see things from a certain socioeconomic perspective, and it shapes the way that we view the world around us. It also might be because we believe in a religion that was created a long time ago, or speak a language that shapes the way that we are able to communicate with other people.

It might be due to the fact that we come from a rich ethnic background, with all sorts of cultural traditions. The point is this: our history “connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections.” There are many reasons to study the history of Israel, and here are some of the ways that we can help future generations appreciate the history of Israel.

Travel There

It can be very tough to truly understand history if you never actually get to see it up close.  While there is little doubt that one can truly understand historical context with all sorts of modern resources – whether it involves lectures, podcasts, books, or more – there is truly nothing quite like actually traveling to Israel, where you can actually be in the location that you are studying. Of course, a trip to Israel is not cheap, by any means, so this might not be an option for everyone. However, a trip to Israel can truly cement one’s appreciation for its history and culture.

Of course, those that are young Jewish adults might consider Birthright Israel as an option, and there is no reason why one shouldn’t explore this possibility. Even if you already understand the detailed history of Israel – it truly will become tangible in a new way once you travel to Israel.

Hire A Speaker

No matter how much we might believe that we know a subject, the truth is that there are individuals that have dedicated their entire life to certain niches, such as the History of Israel. There is no reason why one shouldn’t consider hiring a speaker to truly bring the topic to life, which will help students of all kinds to truly appreciate how rich and incredible the history can be. One obvious example of how effective storytelling can be is the massive success of TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks, which has featured notable speakers of all kinds, including people such as Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, and Larry Page. The right speaker can truly help bring the subject to life, and offer the kind of nuanced perspective that many textbooks and webinars might not be able to encapsulate.

Content/Documentaries

These days, we all know that there are individuals that have been able to create content on Youtube for a living, and even become millionaires as a result. This can be a great way to truly understand and appreciate the history of Israel, especially considering that one can watch videos about the subject no matter where they are. After all, people now watch 1 billion hours of Youtube a day – so this could be a way to reach a huge audience. Whether the content is a documentary that you have recently discovered, or there’s a Youtube video that you searched for – this kind of content can truly help future generations understand Israel in a better context.

Goods/Products

One way that you can truly make sure that future generations appreciate the history of Israel is to make sure that they understand Israeli products and appreciate Israeli cuisine. This will help them develop an appreciation for Israeli craftsmanship and authenticity, as well. For those that want to make sure that they are keeping some authentic Israeli wine around, purchasing some Israeli goods can also help to support the Israeli economy, as well. It’s easy to see that if the future generation wears some new Israeli clothes – it might open their eyes as to some new stylish options. Similarly, if they decide to start cooking – they might decide to try and master Israeli cuisine, as well. Whether it’s Israeli wine, food, clothes, gifts, music, or something else – there is no telling the kind of goods/products that future generations might gravitate towards, and learn to appreciate.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.
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