Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday Night Live

Last Night, I had the chance to witness an unusual new development in Israeli life. Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem, a products of Arutz Sheva English TV, is a rousing evening of Zionism, Judaism and Jewish fellowship, hosted by the founders of the Ohr Olam Center for Biblical Zionism, Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel. Its significance, aside from the quality of the show itself (the music is especially fetching) lies, in my opinion, in the following: a) good pro-Israel Hasbara b) a professional vehicle for Anglo-Israelis to express themselves and pool their talents c) a forum for down-home spiritual expression (with a bit of an evangelical aura) and (most important) d) a vehicle for the growth of new Israeli leadership in the 20 and early 30 something range.

I will not say that this is exactly my personal style. I am, however, glad to see yet another venue for Jewish self-expression in Israel. we need more of these. Chaqu'un a son gout ad mojorem Dei gloriam. It's a definite must (at least once) for a Tuesday evening (alternate weeks).

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