Every country has men and women who are an inspiration. Their lives of sacrifice for principle and vision at the cost of their own comfort, bring about a new life for others and urge them forward. There are times when The 2 Spies need inspiration. The Torah is our first source of inspiration. From the Words of G-d Himself we find daily strength, purpose and meaning.
In the history of Israel, G-d has given us others who gave all to pioneer this nation. Their lives speak to us to remind us and to help clarify our own sense of being and show us our tiny part in the building of Israel. It is an awesome and sometimes overwhelming responsibility to be called to live in Israel and give all. In looking back at the lives of these chalutzim (pioneers) we realize they were frail flesh just we are but somewhere, somehow they fulfilled a destiny set out for them. They walked a path they did not know and prepared the ground for the future growth they would not see.
We now, with gratitude, walk that path because of their dedication. We walk in an essence of faith that we will fulfill our destiny in part, a new type of pioneer, and make a way for the next generations. Like those before us, we will never know the complete work that we have accomplished. But, with trust in G-d, we know that our lives will not be in vain. Today's blog is dedicated to those who came before us~ known and unknown~ with deepest gratitude for all they sacrificed to make our Home what it is today.
|David Ben-Gurion & Golda Meir|
Here are a few select quotes from three of our Pioneers:
Golda Meir Israel Founder and Prime Minister
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.”
“Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.”
“Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”
“A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.”
“Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.”
“We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.”
David Ben-Gurion Polish born Israeli Statesman and Prime Minister (1948-53, 1955-63). Chief architect of the state of Israel and revered as Father of the Nation
“If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert”
“Courage is... the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.”
“Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism.”
“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles”
Abba Eban Foreign Minister of Israel 1915
“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”
“Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.”
“One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all”