Israeli products and
With the Israeli economy suffering, go out of your way to support
Israel's export trade. http://www.shopinisrael.com,
allow you to but Israeli products directly. When in the grocery store,
look for brands like Elite, Telma, Osem, and Ahava beauty products --
even if you have to pay a few more dollars for Israeli products. Ask
the supermarket manager to order these items specifically. Buy Israeli
wine to bring as a gift when you visit friends. Home Depot and other
have many made in Israel products -- especially plastics. http://www.israelexport.org
lists the names of products sold in the USA.
Merely by changing spending
habits WE can inject some 7 billion shekels a year into the Israeli
economy - for a net gain of 20,000 new jobs. How?
sure to spend only $50 each month on Israeli products.
The Jewish Agency, the
World Zionist Organization, and the White and Blue Mission of the
Israeli Manufacturers Association have begun a joint campaign to
promote the purchase of Israeli goods abroad. Arutz-7's Hagit
Rotenberg reports that the $50-a-month shift could lead to a 3%
increase in Israel's industrial sales. Purposeful spending of
this nature, it is thought, could also lead to greater solidarity and
identification with the Jewish state.
Israeli-made products can
be found on these sites:
The next time you hear
something that puts down Israel, don't wonder to
yourself, "What is anyone going to do about it." No Jewish organization
or Israeli consulate can fight the propaganda war on every front, so
don't assume they will. You be the "anyone" and pick up your pen or
keyboard and start writing. Write a piece you for local newspaper, set
up information tables at your high school or college, or simply talk to
a roving ambassador for Israel by explaining the true facts to everyone
you meet. Even the cashier in the supermarket needs good information.
You never know how your contribution may affect someone else's views.
The possibilities are endless. The worst thing that one can do is to
remain quiet in times like this. So do something!
Pray to G*D to bring peace
to the land. Pray for Israel's leaders who
need wisdom. Pray that they continue to do what is best for Israel in
spite of international pressure. Pray for the safety of Israeli
civilians who are targeted by suicide bombers. Pray for the protection
of IDF soldiers as they root out every last terrorist. Ask G*D to heal
Israel's wounded soldiers and civilians and to thwart future terrorist
attacks. And pray for the Arabs to realize the true nature of their
leadership and doctrines that teach hate and murder. Regardless of your
level of observance, you can
add a request for Israel to your regular (or even irregular) prayer
No prayer goes to waste. You can send prayers via the Western Wall at
www.thewall.org. Cry out for G*D's compassion -- because the gates of
tears are never closed. And remember: HE is in ultimate control. He has
done miracles before and will do them again.
The Internet is a great
resource for getting an accurate picture of
what is really happening in the conflict. For crucial background
information, read "Israel: A History" (by Martin Gilbert), "From Time
Immemorial" (by Joan Peters), and "Myths and Facts" (by Mitchell G.
-- online at http://www.usisrael.org/jsource/myths/mftoc.html
Pick up the phone and make
a solidarity call to your Israeli
friends and relatives. If you don't know someone personally, ask
who does. Call that person in Israel and assure them that you share
their pain and understand what they're going through. Commend that
for having the courage to live in Israel now. Let them know they are
bias in the
The media has a powerful
influence on public opinion and government
policy. When you discover a piece of bias, immediately contact the news
agency and complain. Keep your remarks respectful and stick to the
facts. Build a list of e-mail addresses of friends and colleagues, so
when you discover bias, you can alert others to also file a complaint.
There is power in the number of responses, even if your specific letter
printed. You can join a media watch email list at http://www.HonestReporting.com
which gives guidelines for how to be effective in contacting the media,
and has over 25,000 subscribers protesting biased news against Israel.
Give some charity every day
for Israel. Encourage others to give
charity for Israel, too. A list of worthy causes is online at: http://www.jewishcharitiesonline.com.
"Because our church has been forced to cancel their
annual trip to Israel, we are sending our money anyway to the tour
guides and bus driver."
As you are lying in bed at
night, imagine what it's like to be the
sister, child or parent of someone who yesterday was full of life, and
today is nothing but scattered bones and flesh. It's a mitzvah to cry
and feel another's pain. A full listing of terror victims - and
suggestions to help - is online at: http://www.walk4israel.com
Go to Israel on vacation,
to study, or to visit family. Encourage your
local organizations to sponsor trips -- study tours, religious tours,
Bar/Bat Mitzvah tours. It can be for 3 days or 10 days. Spend as much
money as you can afford in order to help the economy. Hotels, stores,
restaurants are lacking tourists -- precisely what the terrorists seek!
Talk to others about the beautiful landscape of Israel, about the
feeling of thousands of years of Jewish existence in Israel. Visiting
Israel will show Israelis that you really care, and will make a
difference to your own sense of connection. Make your motto: "Tourism
the Israeli flag.
Put an Israeli flag in
front of your home, church, etc. Let everyone
know that you are proud of Israel. Put an "I Support Israel" bumper
sticker on your car. Wear a combined American/Israeli flag pin on your
lapel. If you can't find an Israeli flag, make one yourself, or ask
kids to draw one, and display it in your car window or office.
The Arab world tends to say
one thing in English, but a very
different message in Arabic. Blood libels and fabrications of
Israeli-sponsored massacres are common. Memri (http://www.memri.org)
important translations of the Arabic media. And the Center
for Monitoring Impact Peace tracks Palestinian compliance with peace
When we stop arguing
amongst ourselves and work together, then we can
stand united against the enemy, and the Almighty with us. Jerusalem was
destroyed because of people speaking negatively about each other, so
that is the way we can rebuild Jerusalem. Let us abstain from saying
(or listening to) anything bad about any Jew, any group of Jews, or
even the Israeli government unless it is constructive critique. The
only way to stand against our enemies is to become one with each other
-- to lay down our differences and work together.
With the rise of
anti-Semitic incidents around the world, and the
state-sponsored anti-Semitism in Arab countries, it is important to see
the warning signs before a crisis happens. Learning about the Holocaust
helps us appreciate the depth of anti-Semitism and its root causes.
Excellent information is online at http://www.anti-semitism.com.
Squelch all anti-Semitic language everywhere you are. Stand up against
this terrible hatred -- no matter what the consequences.
Form a concerned citizen's
group, and then make appointment to sit with
your Congressman for an hour in his Washington office. Then
rent a bus and go! He will see how seriously his constituents are about
the Mideast issues.
a small repair.
you've had an argument
with someone, simply forgive them,
and then ask G*D to forgive His people.
Ultimately, the reviving of
our devotion to the Almighty is going to
bring about the reviving of the land, and our people as a whole. If we
can elevate ourselves even a little, it can arouse the Almighty's
compassion and Jewish lives can be spared. Each individual who does
teshuva (repentance) brings Israel one step closer to redemption.