I grew up in a Reform Jewish home in upstate NY, where my closest group of friends came from very different backgrounds, covering all the Abrahamic faiths and more, and almost every racial background. I always considered myself spiritual but not religious.
By far the most significant experience I had in my life to set me on the path that I now live came in a six-week trip to Israel and the West Bank as a 16 year old. With only a minor historical, political, and cultural understanding of the Holy Land, my parents unknowingly signed me up with a fanatically right-wing group, Betar, to tour the country and participate in an archaeological dig (it was my Bar Mitzvah present). Although the dig and the activities of the tour were eye-opening and fun, much of the trip was spent hearing radical ideology of the Greater-Israel wing of Zionism, including blatantly racist statements towards Arabs and Palestinians.
Yet without any previous Zionist indoctrination or interest in the Israeli-Arab conflict, I was immediately repulsed by this propaganda. At the same time I immediately became interested in educating myself about this history, and for the first time in my life found a passion and calling for how to use my own identity as a Jew to fight for justice and peace, in Israel and Palestine as well as back home in America. It forced me to look deep within myself, my culture, religion, and traditions, to find the truth and moral identity of what it means to be a Jew, which I have found, is to be for justice and peace.
Why I want peace:
I want Peace because it is at the root of all paths to happiness and a good life. I don't see how life would be worth living and sustaining on Earth if it were not for the presence of Peace in everything.
Interests and activities:
Surfing, Drums, Drawing and Painting, Snowboarding, Soccer, Travel, Kayaking, Wakeboarding
Something you didn't know about me:
My Hebrew name is David
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
Networking and meeting others who are actively working to make peace in the Middle East.
Hi Todd Its your old friend Tom from Saratoga, I was reminded of you recently when I found some old soccer stuff at my folks house. I wanted to mail you something i thought you would get a kick out of but realized i had no idea where you were. Well as you can see its a small world and with the internet i was able to find you in less than five minutes. Cool site its good to see that you are focused on working towards something positive.
I’m doing fine. I’m back in LA for three weeks. I have met Eyal the initiator and the owner of that web site in Israel and it was nice to be invited to join in by you on the other side of the world. It means that the peace network is working and getting tighter and tighter. Let’s meet up again, Ofer Lifshitz
Hi Todd/David, I love the story you shared. Welcome to our community.
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