Thursday, September 21, 2006


A Rosh Hashanah Message of Peace and Goodwill

This blog is usually marked by my cynical sense of humour. I like to take a wry, sarcastic approach to my travels with tourists. However in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah I will (temporarily) break with this and try instead an attempt at sincerity and dare-I-say-it

I love what I do. With all the ups and downs, and irritating people and stupid questions I still love it. One may criticise this kind of work as only helping rich, spoilt Americans - but I have no doubt that the Jewish-Israel education I am involved in, changes people’s lives.

This week I sent out a Rosh Hashanah message to all the people I had guided in the last year or so. I spoke of my concerns and sadness after the difficult year we had just faced and also the positive message that I felt we could take forward.

The number of responses I got back was amazing. Many people replied just to say ‘Shana Tova’, but many others wanted to update me on their lives, tell me how much their time in Israel had meant to them and share with me their responses to our recent war. A couple of examples are below.

Our tour of Israel was a significant event in our life. It changed the way we think about Israel and have become a big supporter at this time of war. You made our trip very special

We think so much about you and all the people we met in Israel, especially though the trying times of conflict. This trip meant so much to Mary Dawn and me.

All these messages made me realize that for all my cynicism – What I do matters and I have a great time doing it.

That is all for my Rosh Hashanah blog reflections. Next post sarcastic A will be back.

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