The Israeli government recently launched an ad campaign aimed at convincing Israelis now living in America to come home. The ads are emotional and powerful – and had unintended consequences. Many American Jewish figures (probably not Orthodox, but I am not sure) were offended by the ads and in response Bibi Netanyahu ordered them off the air.
I looked at a few that I could find on Youtube, and they are below. I don’t know about you, but I found them incredibly truthful, and not offensive at all. Then again I am an American Jew who realized that Jewish life in America was not enough, and I came to Israel so that my children would have more.
The second video has a bittersweet tinge for me. About a year after we made aliyah my son, who was in gan at the time, came home and announced that he wanted to start calling me Ima, “since no other kids in gan have a mommy”. That stung for a bit, but I agreed, knowing that it was important for him to feel that he fit in, and knowing that this was just one of many adjustments that I would have to make.