Appreciate the Soldiers who are saving our lives right now
A person who spent a lot of time and effort to express gratitude to soldiers was challenged, "But ultimately it is G-d who protects us. Why are you so grateful to these individuals?"
"If someone goes out of his way to help you financially when you need it, are you grateful?" he asked that person.
"Of course I am," was the reply.
"But isn't G-d the ultimate source of the money you get?" he asked.
"Yes. But I still have an obligation to be grateful to the people who are kind to me."
"The same applies to the soldiers whose willingness to risk their lives enables you to feel more secure. Moreover, those who express gratitude to soldiers, actually increase their gratitude to G-d for His protection. Those who aren't grateful to the human beings they see, are more likely to take the Almighty's protection for granted. Instead of decreasing gratitude to Hashem, expressing gratitude to soldiers increases feelings of gratitude to the Creator of it all."
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This is my you tube video of the conference. Click on my video and then read the story. I was one of the Press there.
French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave, PM Netanyahu and JPost Chief Editor Steve Linde Photo Credit: Stephanie Granot
The impeccably dressed men and women didn't look like they belonged in Israel. They strolled in promptly at8amand quietly sipped tea or coffee while chatting politely in languages like Danish and Nepalese But in fact, not only do they belong here, they are some of Israel's most distinguished residents, albeit temporarily.
Some 400 Ambassadors and Military Attaches, nearly Israel's entire diplomatic community, gathered at the Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria last Wednesday for the Fourth Annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. A stellar list of Israeli Statesmen, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been lined up by Jeruslaem Post Editor-in-Chief (and MC for the day) Steve Linde, to address the diplomats on urgent issues facing Israel today. "The aim of the conference is to present Israel's case from a variety of perspectives", explained Linde in the days leading up to the event, "to strengthen public relations between the State of Israel and the diplomats who reside here, and through them, hopefully with their countries as well."
"The diplomatic community looks forward to this event every year, it instills a sense of unity among the diplomats and between them and the Israelis too, but since the start of the 'situation' it's almost all people talk about. They feel a sense of unity with Israeli people and are very concerned", said Ambassador Yitzchak Eldan, President of the Ambassador's Club of Israel, referencing the recent spate of terror attacks in Israel, "This is a real chance to explain things from the Israeli point of view and our diplomats are eager to listen."
Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla of Costa Rica speaking with Mr. Ashley Perry, President of Reconectar, at the JPost Diplomat Conference. Photo by JewishPress.com.
A worthwhile objective under any circumstances, but especially timely at the moment. With almost daily terror attacks being perpetrated against Israelis, and the world still stunned by the horror that unfolded in Paris last week, there was a sense of solidarity in the room that was palpable even before people found their seats. That was fortunate, as the solidarity theme took a hit off the bat with the first speaker of the day, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, took the mike and promised to do everything in his power to topple the government, as fast as possible.
Solidarity got its mojo back later in the morning, when Prime Minister Netanyahu climbed on the stage shoulder to shoulder with a tall, dark, handsome man who looked like he hadn't slept for a week. His name didn't appear in the original program because until last Friday, Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave of Paris was supposed to be an audience member.
A moment of silence observed in memory of the French victims. At its conclusion Netanyahu said, "In Jerusalem, today, we stand with the people of Paris".
"Terrorism is terrorism", said Ambasador Maisonnave, "Not only when it affects us on such a horrendous scale, also when it hits Israel. And let me take this opportunity to have a thought for all the victims of the last few weeks, their beloved ones and the injured."
The Energy Panel. Photo by Stephanie Granot.
The conference included a panel discussion exploring Israel's natural gas market, and speeches by Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, Israel's striking new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, and an emotional debate between Senior Jerusalem Post Reporter Caroline B. Glick and the Ambassador of the European Union Lars Faaborg-Andersen over the European Union's recent decision to label products made by Jews in certain parts of Israel.
Off to the side, Ambassador Dan Shapiro exchanged some banter with JewishPress.com Editor-in-Chief Stephen Leavitt.
Perhaps Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO of the Jerusalem Post Group, put it best:
"During these difficult days, when Israel is combating murderous terrorism, it's inconceivable for it also to have to fight for its place in the world and against efforts to enforce an economic and diplomatic boycott against it. An event such as this carries immense importance for public diplomacy."
About the Author:Stephanie is a freelance journalist and U.N. Correspondent. She contributes regularly to the Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Press, and is a monthly columnist at JPost Style Magazine. Stephanie is mom to Daniel, Adam, Dean and Anna and divides her time between New York and Tel Aviv.
Quotes...." This week the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion published its most recent survey. The results were no surprise. Indeed, they were more or less consistent with historical survey results.
According to the PCPO data, 63 percent of Palestinians oppose holding peace talks with Israel. 58 percent think Mahmoud Abbas, whose term of office ended in 2009, should resign. A majority of Palestinians support a new assault or "intifada" against Israel. 42 percent of Palestinians support the use of terrorism against Israel.
Also this week, ahead of the Jerusalem Post' Diplomatic Conference held Wednesday, the Post published a new poll of Israeli public opinion. According to the data, 46 percent of Israelis support a policy of separating from the Palestinians through the establishment of a Palestinian state. 35 percent of Israelis support applying Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria.For Israelis under 45, the numbers are reversed.Today a majority of Likud Knesset members and all members of the Jewish Home's Knesset faction oppose Palestinian statehood and support applying Israeli law to all or parts of Judea and Samaria.
Rather than deal with the fact that neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis support their two-state model, the Left has decided to ignore both..."
n the largesteventof its kind, an anticipated five million people worldwide will connect in prayer via the internet to sayPsalmsfor the protection of Israel.Tikkun Haklali Olamiis organizing the event on Sunday, November 22, 8:00 pm Israel time, 1:00 pm Eastern Standard time, to recite theTikkun Klaliprayer in unison.
Tilkkun Klali(general fixing) is a set of 10 Psalms established in 1805 by Rabbi Nachman, the founder of the Breslov Hassidim dynasty, as having special properties for protection and repentance. These particular psalms (16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150)represent the 10 different expressions of song and praise found in the book of Psalms.
"This is the General Remedy. There is a specific remedy for each sin, but this is the general remedy," Rabbi Nachman was known to say aboutTikkun Klali. "It may seem like an easy thing to say 10 Psalms. But it will actually be very difficult in practice."
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/54330/five-million-expected-to-join-in-prayer-event-jewish-world/#sTxfb3xu9Q6VDVWV.99