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I found the actualizer "adversity to advantage" to be very interesting. Israelis have face adversity from many directions but have demonstrated amazing ability to bounce back. I was also impressed with the idea that the harsh environmental climate of Israel has forced Israelis to be innovative and create positivity with their minds rather than with the land and its resources. Chutzpah as an actualizer seemed odd at first glance. But after considering all of the challenges the Israeli people have had to face overtime it is undeniable that they must challenge the status quo and swim upstream.
I attended a class at the Hilton Stamford through the Jewish Leadership Initiative on Friday. The seminar was titled "My Arab/Israeli Conflict" and the guest speaker was Sgt. Benjamin Anthony. He was fabulous! I learned that approximately 11% of the IDF serves in combat. This statistic is lower than what I had expected. He shared his own personal and Jewish journey, and emphasized that at times he questions his faith, but he always serves as a proud Jew. I connected to this point because I feel at times it is difficult to truly understand why certain encounters happen to good people, but I valued that at the end of the day he will always be a proud Jew. I also appreciated his emphasis on supporting the state of Israel as Jews, because one Jew standing against the state of Israel is more powerful than 1000+ non-Jews.
I completed the Israel Inside/Out class. It was amazing to see how the technological advancements the Israelis have made, including creating devices to help people walk. They take so much pride in helping others around the world, not because they expect anything in return but because they feel it is their duty to aid struggling people and nations to make the world a better place. While education and helping others is crucial, the Jews also place so much emphasis on family- the people who will always be there for love and support. The Jews are not only intelligent and proud but also resilient. Despite being threatened by so many groups of people throughout history, they will never stop fighting and will never lose their significant connection to Israel.