web analytics
January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


It’s the Dreams, Stupid


Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz

Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz
Photo Credit: Promotional image

A very large crowd of “Anglo” olim stood in line Wednesday night at Heןchal Shlomo, the Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem, to hear Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz speak about the Bayit Yehudi Party.

Bayit Yehudi literally means Jewish home, one that potential party leaders want to fill with religious ideology, but also with an open door that welcomes all types of Jews.

The entry hall had a lot of elderly couples and a few youngsters hovering around the rugelach table. The goal was to persuade attendees to sign up to vote as party members so they could participate in the upcoming primaries.

Ari and Jeremy are focusing on the English speaking community because they want the group to have more of a voice. Their communicative abilities were demonstrated on stage. Energetic and dynamic performers, they expressed their points clearly. Almost too clearly. It felt like the scenes were scripted.

The videos shown throughout the session mimicked the feeling. They were professionally put together and definitely entertaining, but seemed more fitting for a late-night talk show than a political gathering. One featured the two on Ben Yehuda Street, asking advice about running for the Knesset and the issues that are really in people’s minds.

It was humorous and a little frightening to see some of the ignorance out there. It’s clear that Ari and Jeremy have the passion for the position and the desire to connect with many more than those the Knesset does now, but I felt myself yearning for a little more reality in their message.

There’s no doubt that the two men can relate to an audience. You feel like you could talk to them as if they were your neighbors and you were both running out to pick up the paper. Despite this, it’s what they said that distanced me from them. Clichés were rampant. It felt staged.

“Every Israeli is an oleh,” and “If we’re in, then we’re all in,” were some of the phrases tossed to the audience. It’s not that I disagree with their message. I don’t think many right-minded Jews would disagree with the sentiment of Am Yisrael or Eretz Yisrael. But I felt infantilized. It wasn’t dialogue, it was just a show.

The presentation got more interesting when they brought out two of the candidates running for head of the party. Zevulun Orlev, Current MK and former party leader, couldn’t make the event, but Naftali Bennett, Benjamin Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff and CEO and co-founder of a successful hi-tech company, and Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, current party leader and Minister of Science and Technology, were there to answer questions from Ari and Jeremy.

The two candidates come from very different backgrounds, but both connected on main ideals.

Bennett focused on the vision. “The vision is a nation based not on only on Herzl, but on the Torah,” he said.

Hershkowitz agreed: “Without Torah, there are no Jewish people, and without avodah (labor), there are no Jewish people,” he said.

Despite the fact that they’re running against each other, Hershkowitz’s final message was that he thinks they would make a wonderful team in leading Bayit Yehudi.

The idea was that members of the audience, with the future leader, and with Ari and Jeremy, could make a difference.

“We’re here because we made Aliyah,” Jeremy said. “Now we have to keep making Aliyah.”

The night left me with a sudden urge to hold hands with some friends and sing songs by a campfire. Zionism is important, and maybe one day, ten or twenty years from now, the number of Jews in Israel will increase tremendously. Still, the presentation’s lack of a sense of reality made it seem more like a fantasy then a possibility.

I hope that the party succeeds, but in order to do so, they may need a more widespread approach injected with a little more realism.

Bennett said, “Let’s turn the state of the Jews into the Jewish state.” It’s been a wish of many for nearly a century. Maybe I’ll see the dream become reality in my lifetime.

About the Author: Alex interns at JewishPress.com. She's a graduate of Binghamton University in New York.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “It’s the Dreams, Stupid”

  1. Klara LeVine says:

    you might be right, Alex Abel, but it’s idealism that created our State, that kept it going in those difficult early days and what we desperately need today. The compromises made from fear I’m certain are because our leaders have lost that idealism. Maybe the combination of the more experienced together with the fresh idealism will create what this country needs.

  2. Rob Muchnick says:

    Bennett used Moshe Feiglin's slogan.

    Why join the National Home party when all the candidates are so similar, when one can join the Likud and have an actual say in determining the future of Israel in internal elections?

    And then you can still vote for whichever party you like in the general election.

  3. Gil Gilman says:

    I agree somewhat with Abel. If his description of the meeting is accurate, it sounds more like one of my more surreal dreams than anything else.

    There are some articulate readers here, and i have a question, "why would you want the arab population in your army as conscriptees?" as the party demands. Wouldn't that be one gigantic security issue? I fully agree with the national service aspect for the arab population as well as the haredi, but military access? Help me out here.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    Gil — For one thing, Druze, Cherkessi, and Bedouin already serve in the IDF and many have reached positions of high rank. I have no problem with Arabs serving and I trust their loyalty unless proven otherwise.

    In reality, there is no such thing as the proverbial Arab in Israel. The non-Jewish minorities belong to a zillion sub categories and are often more beholden to those than to any larger notion or ideology.

    Also, the option of national service in one's own community can be a huge blessing for the Arab sector, that could use some volunteer labor.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    That clarifies everything. Thanks much!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.
V15 US Political Operative Marinated in Hate-Israel Activism
Latest News Stories
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.

V15′s Bird was marinated in his former boss’s hatred of and blame-only Israel mindset.

Palestinian Child Soldiers

Palestinian Authority child soldiers – a crime against humanity.

Children learn how to shoot rifles to kill Jews.

Maybe, just maybe, the new generation of terrorists will one day turn their guns on their oppressors in Gaza.

You are looking at an "armed insurgent" and not a terrorist, according to the White House.

The White House explains that Taliban is not a terrorist group — it is an “armed insurgency.”

The US in November stopped funding a left-wing group that is helping to campaign against Netanyahu

Super Bowl viewers will have to get along with Scarlett Johansson this year.

Cruz and New York Rep. Zeldin complained to Kerry of Obama’s “relentless harassment.”

A Shin Bet sting nabs Arab Israelis after returning from Syria where they join Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups — a whole group this month.

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.

National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.

Locked in Auschwitz, their cries for assistance were not heard, so they escaped through an open window, setting off an alarm.

Hezbollah is a terrorist group and terrorist party, but most and worst of all, it is a huge and powerful army.

Lieberman’s issues a disproportionate response to polls that show his party will barely squeeze into the Knesset.

Boehner criticized President Obama for failing to take the threat of terrorism and the Iranian nuclear threat seriously.

More Articles from Alex Abel
Yishai Fleisher on ShalomTV

Yishai Fleisher, managing editor of JewishPress.com, appeared on L’Chaim, a show that has been running on ShalomTV for years. “Fear is everywhere,” he told the interviewer, Rabbi Mark Golub. “People go silent when I talk about fear because they realize how much fear they live with…we need to be proud.”

Israel Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman during a press conference after his draft bill was voted down.

A spokesperson for Yisrael Beytenu said, “We’ve had 64 years to evolve,” he said. “Demographically, it will be impossible to pass this bill 20 years from now.”

Despite demands for fairness and equality, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted down Yisrael Beytenu’s bill for Universal Service.

About 45 minutes after she was scheduled to begin, there was still no sign of her. The anticipation and excitement were building as chatter filled the press room. A lady then took the microphone…to tell the crowd that Hillary would be another 40 minutes.

Here’s a list of something exciting to do in Jerusalem each night of the week. This doesn’t have to be taken literally – choose your favorites or mix and match, depending on how long you’re here. Post below with any other ideas of your own! Saturday A classic and possibly overdone routine for Birthright groups: […]

Photographers will join the combat fighters in the Golani Brigade for a full eight month course.  The purpose is to prepare them to document major operational events and improve the IDF’s challenge with public relations.  Captain Micah Ohana explained anyone can have a camera and distort an image that then becomes shown to the public.  […]

Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz gave a Bayit Yehudi Party and many “Anglos” showed up. It started up looking too much like a late-night TV show, but then it got more interesting when they brought out two of the candidates running for head of the party: Naftali Bennett and Daniel Hershkowitz took the stage and started dreaming in earnest.

Today’s blog round-up is from the younger set. Still meant to be read by people of all ages, these blogs talk about modesty, Twitter sayings and the power of the Jew-fro.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/politics/its-the-dreams-stupid/2012/07/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: