Hello Hanegev! It’s Ben Brent here to give you some updates about the country we all know and love! Kyrgyzstan! (JK Israel)
BDS movement? More like BS
There is a movement to boycott Israel called BDS, which stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. What the people in BDS are trying to do is injure Israel’s economy because they claim Israel is an evil country. However, few people understand just how much of what we use today was made in Israel! Important chips in your cell phone and computers were developed in Israel. The USB thumb drive was also made there. The people in BDS don’t understand that not only is Israel an amazing country, but they produce some of the most important components of the technology we use everyday. The link goes more into depth about BDS and why it is ridiculous. It also deserves photo creds for the picture below.
Taking Hebrew Literacy for granted
In USY, we are very fortunate to be able to read the Hebrew that we find in our Siddurs. In fact, about 50% of Jews living in America cannot read Hebrew! The plan that Jewish programs and Jewish Day schools are starting to seriously commit to is to change those numbers. In fact, their goal is close to 100%! “Judasim is not just a religion, it’s a people,” said Arnee Winshall, CEO of Hebrew at the Center, one of the groups involved in raising the literacy rate.”We talk a lot about ‘Am Yisrael’, and a language is part of what distinguishes a people.” So be thankful for being able to read our holy language, it is truly a gift.
Also, don’t forget to answer this week’s ISRAEL CHALLENGE TRIVIA QUESTIONS!!! Go to the link below and help HaNegev win $500 toward an Israel program!!
Thanks for reading kiddos:)
Benjamin Morris Brent