05 December 2007

Human Beings Helping Other Human Beings

Life is good.
Well, for me at least.
A great prophet (what was his name again, rhymes with Beezus?) said that no-brainer phrase "There's always gonna be poor people. Don't think this is gonna change.
Make sure you do something about it.
Don't think that just because they'll always be there you have the right to just up and ignore them."
Ok, he didn't say it exactly like that, but it's a close summary.
Anyway (I do have a point here), I just came across a story tonight that I thought I should share here.
Recently, a single mother and her four young children were evicted from an apartment they had illegally occupied - for lack of another place to live. Despite the fact that the family was eligible for government assistance, none was offered as there was no housing option open for them at the time.
A neighbor witnessed the eviction and saw the woman and her children standing out on the street in the freezing Jerusalem night. He offered the woman a bottle of water and a place to stay, indefinitely.

Okay, you say, that's a nice story, but it's not really, as my editor says, "NEWS." It's not hot, now or happening. You're right.

What if I told you that the woman and her children are Jewish Israelis, and the family that took them is Arab and lives in East Jerusalem?

Yes, that's what I said (wrote).

Lest you think that it's all hatred and blood here.......
Click here to watch the video from Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

All I have to say is forget about Annapolis Shmannapolis and the politicians with all of their crazy double-talk. If things are going to change, it's going to be at this level - person to person. It's people like this who are going to make a difference, people like you and me. Substantial change cannot be imposed on the people from the politicians; it must come from the people, from the grassroots level if it's going to influence and hold. Leaders exist to lead, not to force their crazy ideas on unwilling or indifferent minds.

Kudos to Yael for the tip.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

>>at this level - person to person.

Cool, that's it exactly.
I liked what Schneerson said about the young and leadership...

Thus was the way of all the truly great men of Israel. They placed special emphasis on the small ones of Israel, small in years or knowledge, Jews who were as “strayed sheep” — as did Moshe Rabbeinu, the faithful shepherd of Israel.


I dont have time to wait for em to rise so...

No Yeast Mini Doughnuts

1 egg
2 tblsp sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
2 tblsp cream cheese
2 tblsp yoghurt or eshel
1 pkt (10 g) vanilla sugar
grated lemon rind

Mix egg and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and beat well. Drop spoonfuls into hot oil. Fry quickly, drain and roll in icing sugar.

Happy Chanukah

David B