Gila Daman

Hey Jew

Do you ever feel like life is just a jumble of days strewn together? Like it’s devoid of meaning and purpose? That you’re not sure whether what you do, or how you do it, even matters?

Well, I have good news and bad news.

I’ll start with the bad news. I, and probably many of you, have had several friends who have experienced anti-Semitic assaults in the past couple weeks. This isn’t new. It just comes in waves. And the new wave just came to shore.

Here’s the good news: What you do matters. Like it or not, in everything we do we are representing the Jewish people. And Israel is the Jewish state. So by extension, people who appreciate the personal relationships they have with Jews—friends, co-workers, etc.—will have at least a minuscule amount more sympathy toward the cause of the Jewish state. (Unless they are in the camp of Jews who themselves are Pro-Palestinian—that’s a whole other topic.)

And aside from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, overall anti-Semitism has been on the rise.

The spotlight is on YOU.

What you do matters.

Whether you attended boot camp or not, we are all in the army of Yiddishkeit together.

When I wake up in the morning and think about this, it revs me up.

The Shulchan Aruch says to get up like a lion. Find your intrinsic power, feel empowered, get up, and go represent us out there in that big, scary, complicated world.

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