I was having trouble finding something positive to share,
as the clock ticked to the end of 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.
Everyone has heard enough kvetching about the snow
and the massive clean up which is still going on.
The protest against prisoner releases was sad enough,
but the “March with Umbrellas” in the cold, wet dark night,
found many depressed by this “gesture of good will.”
The next morning the sun was shining,
and the fresh blue paint in the Liberty Bell Park looked good.
It was interesting to see how 100 years after
Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Halevi Herzog z”l wrote on his dissertation
about Tekhelet, that maybe a “student of chemistry may be interested”
that a conference filled the auditorium at The Begin Heritage Center.
But it was still not what I wanted for an inspiring blog to end the year.
However, I was back at The Begin Center the next day,
for another conference with another long list of impressive speakers.
Noam Gershony stood at the podium and started to tell his story.
How he was so close to death the doctors held little hope for him.
How he lost his leg and almost his life in Second Lebanon War.
How his friend Dov next to him was killed.
How he slowly came back to life,
to play tennis,
to ski on Mount Hermon,
and to ride a bike.
By the time he finished his story of winning a gold medal
at the 2012 Olympics in London with the music of Hatikvah playing,
there was hardly a dry eye in the room.
After he finished and received a standing ovation,
Noam walked to the elevator surrounded by admirers.
That was it,
what I want to share,
what the world must see.
Certainly not everyone can win a gold medal in the Olympics,
but Noam Gershony exemplifies the Israeli spirit.
After what happened to him,
he did not become a suicide bomber,
but he does blow people away.
He inspires them to get up and get going,
no more excuses, too tired, too busy.
Now let’s make 2014 a good and positive year for all.