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April 18, 2017
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Why Israel Matters

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  • (Mati Shoshani narrating) It is the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
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  • the birthplace of Jesus.
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  • From Genesis to Revelation,
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  • Israel is the centerpiece of God's story,
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  • a saga that continues to unfold in our daily news.
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  • But behind the headlines of the people
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  • caught in the crosshairs of some really complex issues,
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  • it can be hard to see clearly from the outside,
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  • so let's explore my homeland from within.
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  • (narrator) As you walk through the streets of Israel, you get the sense
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  • of a strong nation of people rooted in their history,
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  • conscientious of their struggles,
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  • and flourishing with opportunity.
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  • Like the olive tree in the midst of a dry land,
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  • they remain resilient.
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  • Israel's roots are strong and it's reach wide.
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  • This nation always survives and continues to prosper.
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  • In this episode, we look at three stories
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  • that demonstrate the resilience of Israel.
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  • (Irving Roth) We crossed from Hungary to Slovakia to Poland.
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  • We arrived in here and on the platform
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  • screaming and yelling at us, suddenly we're told
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  • we must form lines and begin to march.
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  • My grandfather, my grandmother, my aunt,
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  • my 10-year old cousin to the right.
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  • They're marching off to the flame.
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  • We have no idea what that is.
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  • About 100 of us told to strip naked
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  • and put my clothing just on a heap.
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  • It's my last piece of identity.
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  • Twenty-four hours later
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  • about three hundred people are still alive.
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  • The other 3.700 that came on that on transport
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  • were ashes.
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  • That was my quick arrival in Auschwitz.
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  • (Irving) I see people in striped pants,
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  • and jacket, and hats.
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  • I see the guards.
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  • I see the dogs.
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  • I see the mass of humanity coming here and being murdered.
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  • (male) Shalom to all.
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  • we are about to begin the 2016 March of the Living
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  • from Auschwitz to Birkenau.
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  • (Irving) I want to give the next generation
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  • not just the understanding, the knowledge, the details.
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  • I want them to know how I feel and I want them to feel it.
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  • I believe that making sure that these relics are here.
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  • And the reason it's so important is when you speak
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  • of 100 people inside the cattle car,
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  • it's meaningless to most people
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  • that have never been in cattle car.
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  • Yet when they come here they can see it.
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  • When we speak of gas chambers, they see the ruins here.
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  • It is almost as if these inanimate objects
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  • are eye witnesses, how man can be transformed
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  • from law abiding, God-fearing, even church going
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  • can be turned into vicious killers.
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  • But this is the physical evidence.
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  • (male) Germany passed the Law of Nuremberg
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  • excluding German Jews
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  • from all aspect of German society.
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  • The first steps on the road that eventually led here
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  • to the gate of Auschwitz, Birkenau.
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  • (Irving) The objective of Nazi ideology was to take different people,
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  • Jews in particular, and totally destroy
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  • not just their physical being
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  • but their identities as individual human beings.
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  • They were just simply numbers.
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  • Even those who survived temporarily.
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  • It's not the first time that people decided
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  • to destroy the Jewish culture.
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  • The Romans tried to do it 2.000 years ago.
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  • The Nazis tried to do it again in the 20th Century,
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  • they did not succeed because even in the camp
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  • was an issue of being a person, being a Jew, caring
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  • for my fellow human being, yes, and even praying,
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  • even keep the holidays.
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  • On Yom Kippur I didn't eat.
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  • I lost a bowl of soup, but it didn't matter
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  • because I was able to control it and that power I had
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  • over the Nazi regime.
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  • (male) We return here 71 years back then
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  • was this hope and prayer, never again shall we be silent
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  • when innocent people are being slaughtered.
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  • With each step, let it be a reminder
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  • to raise your voice against violence and hate,
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  • that you will never be silent.
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  • (Irving) I always begin with my childhood which was wonderful.
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  • I speak about my parents, my grandparents,
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  • my brother, my playing soccer, because I must make sure
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  • that that child relates to me.
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  • He cannot relate to murder, but when I tell him
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  • after all this wonderful stuff that I lived through
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  • and suddenly tell him in one day I was
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  • one of the best soccer players on my time, came ready
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  • to put my soccer shoes on and begin to play,
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  • they told me, "No, we don't want you anymore.
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  • "We don't want you anymore,
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  • "not because you didn't play well.
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  • We don't want you because who you are."
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  • They understand that
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  • because they too have been thrown off
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  • a team or thrown someone else off the team.
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  • (male) Let the march begin.
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • [shofar blowing]
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  • [shofar blowing]
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  • (Irving) I'm often asked, have I ever met Hitler
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  • and if I meet Hitler today what would I tell him?
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  • The one thing I would like him to know, as I would
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  • every single Nazi in this whole word
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  • and every single hater in this world,
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  • hatred is not good because some day
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  • you too can be hated and then what will you do?
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  • (Irving) Every time I come here it changes.
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  • How is the world treating one nation or another?
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  • In particular Israel,
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  • which has been changing unfortunately for the worse.
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  • I see hatred as it progresses.
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  • I see antisemitism as it progresses.
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  • First, I don't like you.
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  • I don't want you to live in my neighborhood.
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  • I don't want you to live in my country.
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  • I don't want you to live.
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  • My memory of this place are vivid because I live through it
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  • again, and again, and again.
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  • I did not lose my identity.
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  • The humanity, I have not lost.
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  • It is the perpetrators who lost their humanity.
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  • (male) The largest site of mass murder in the world.
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  • (narrator) Sharing the stories of suffering and survival
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  • is only one of the many important pieces of history
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  • passed down through the generations.
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  • It is not just important to understand what was overcome,
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  • but how it was overcome.
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  • The ancient traditions of the Jewish people
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  • have long remained one of their strengths.
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  • In the midst of hardship, slavery, and foreign rulers,
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  • these rituals have continually served
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  • as guideposts along the way,
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  • keeping them true to their path and identity.
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  • (David Nekrutman) We would say that even though the Jews kept the Sabbath,
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  • we would say the Sabbath actually kept the Jews.
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  • This Bible verse has been our compass in exile forever,
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  • now we're here.
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  • We have the mezuzah, we put it in our doorpost.
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  • Better than any alarm is having God's protection on the house.
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  • (David voiceover) The Sabbath is the oldest gift as old as creation itself.
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  • It's the first thing
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  • that is considered holy in the Bible.
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  • (Amanda Weiss) The Al-Yahudu Tablets
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  • are probably the most important documentation that we have
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  • of the continuum of Jewish faith
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  • from the time of the destruction of the first temple.
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  • They are the names, the people, we can trace
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  • four to five generations in the families
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  • that were absolutely the individuals
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  • that were exiled from Judea.
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  • (David) You go to Genesis chapter 2,
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  • God himself says, "Time is holy."
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  • Look at every civilization in the world.
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  • They have left space as conquered.
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  • And this is who I am, this is my legacy.
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  • And Jews, six days you're supposed
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  • to focus on space,
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  • but the seventh day is time with God,
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  • and with other human beings.
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  • If you look around the menorah you see a Roman wreath.
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  • It was a synagogue that existed under Roman rule.
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  • Jesus observed the Sabbath.
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  • So, if it was important for Jesus
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  • for Christians at least, it should be important for you.
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  • (Amanda) Have another example over here which is also in the--
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  • (David voiceover) What I see in the church today is that, "I schedule God
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  • from 10 to 12 then I have the football game afterwards."
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  • Two hours with God is not a Sabbath
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  • and you don't schedule God.
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  • What the Sabbath teaches you,
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  • you're not the main course of creation.
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  • God is always the compass.
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  • He's always directing our lives.
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  • When Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the first temple--
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  • (David voiceover) I'm supposed to listen to God's voice.
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  • Shema means to hear.
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  • What you see is paganism.
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  • What I see is what I believe.
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  • Judaism's not into seeing is believing,
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  • it's what it says in 1 Kings chapter 19
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  • where God goes and appears Elijah.
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  • And he's complaining to God, and God then shows him 3 things
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  • that happened at Sinai, an earthquake, a fire,
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  • a wind, and he tells Elijah,
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  • "I'm no longer in there, I'm going to be
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  • in this kol d'mama, this thin voice."
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  • God operates within the audio.
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  • Technology that we have today is noise.
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  • We get distracted.
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  • Sabbath's probably even more important today
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  • than any other time period
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  • because of all the noise of paganism that's out there.
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  • And since we took God's Word very seriously,
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  • we keep it until today.
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  • (David voiceover) In Babylon, the segment of the population retained
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  • its Jewish faith, and they kept the Sabbath,
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  • and it's one of the traditions that we continue even to today.
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  • (Amanda) How do we celebrate the Sabbath when the sun goes down?
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  • When does the Sabbath end?
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  • The nightfall when the three stars come out.
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  • When there are three stars in the sky.
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  • Where does that tradition come from?
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  • Okay?
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  • That tradition is ancient Babylonia.
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  • (David voiceover) Here is a group of people that spent 70 years in Babylon.
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  • Jews lost their identity completely.
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  • And Ezra now needs to reintroduce Judaism
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  • back to the people.
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  • And one of the things he actually tackles is the Sabbath.
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  • He outlaws commerce,
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  • buying and selling on the Sabbath.
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  • There is nothing biblically wrong
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  • to buy and sell, there's no law that states that.
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  • Yet, Ezra, what some people call doctrines of men,
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  • come along and say, "You can't do this."
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  • He begins to give structure to Judaism,
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  • that we do need some type of fence
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  • to protect the spirit of the law.
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  • And he's saying, "Listen, buying and selling
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  • "on the Sabbath takes away
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  • what you're supposed to be doing on the Sabbath."
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  • He was right because here we are
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  • 2.000 years in exile and the Sabbath saved us.
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  • (Amanda) This reads Natan-Yahu.
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  • Now, we have very serious scholars here
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  • and so they wouldn't write Nata-Yahu here,
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  • they wrote Natan-Yama
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  • because that's the way it's written phonetically.
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  • Haggai, right?
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  • Haggai Ben Ahiqam, and Ahiqam's father
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  • was named Rafi-Yahu.
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  • Okay, and so who have Rafi and his wife's name was Yafa,
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  • all right, those are names we use today.
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  • And his grandfather--
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  • (Amanda voiceover) Part of the linking of our generation,
  • 00:13:56.080 --> 00:13:58.000
  • the linking of the Shabbat.
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  • When we see something like these remarkable tablets
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:02.100
  • that suddenly become available
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:04.020
  • in--millennia after they were originally written,
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:08.210
  • we're able to do understand that these traditions
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:10.230
  • are traditions that have never been lost,
  • 00:14:10.240 --> 00:14:12.240
  • and they have always remained with us.
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:15.000
  • Modern Judaism,
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:16.100
  • modern Orthodox Judaism especially
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:19.040
  • looks at the modern era as a way of,
  • 00:14:19.050 --> 00:14:22.060
  • "Okay, how do we balance
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:24.080
  • "our Biblical lifestyle and values
  • 00:14:24.090 --> 00:14:26.190
  • with what's happening out there?"
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:28.040
  • Not putting our emotions first,
  • 00:14:28.050 --> 00:14:31.060
  • but seeing what the Biblical paradigm is,
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:34.140
  • and seeing where we are with technology,
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:36.220
  • and ensuring that we are in that Biblical paradigm.
  • 00:14:36.230 --> 00:14:40.140
  • (David) Taking the echoes of the voices of the past
  • 00:14:40.150 --> 00:14:42.120
  • and putting it to our children now
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:44.110
  • is part of who you are as our heritage.
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:46.050
  • So, this is amazing.
  • 00:14:46.060 --> 00:14:47.270
  • (Amanda) Okay, so I have to show you one last thing because--
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  • (David voiceover) We believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:52.180
  • and we believe that the Bible is God's Word.
  • 00:14:52.190 --> 00:14:55.020
  • Judaism is never about, "Here's the place
  • 00:14:55.030 --> 00:14:57.090
  • where we're going to go ahead and talk to the gods."
  • 00:14:57.100 --> 00:15:00.210
  • God never wanted a temple.
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:02.290
  • We wanted a temple.
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  • God wants us.
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  • The non-Jewish world is looking at Sabbath
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:09.000
  • from a point of view of there's too much structure
  • 00:15:09.010 --> 00:15:12.090
  • of a do's and don'ts list.
  • 00:15:12.100 --> 00:15:14.110
  • You can't ride in a car, and you can't play a video game,
  • 00:15:14.120 --> 00:15:18.280
  • and it seems like your life is just boring.
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:23.050
  • This 25 hours of what, you're doing what?
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:26.190
  • You're not doing, not doing.
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:30.110
  • All right, that's what it looks like
  • 00:15:30.120 --> 00:15:31.280
  • and that's unfortunate
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:33.130
  • because I think if anyone came to a Sabbath table,
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:36.240
  • and actually went through the Sabbath itself properly,
  • 00:15:36.250 --> 00:15:41.030
  • with a family that values this, they would come away as,
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:43.250
  • "This is a major gift."
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:45.280
  • (Amanda) If we read the Bible and we understand that history
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:48.180
  • and we understand the lands of the Bible.
  • 00:15:48.190 --> 00:15:50.150
  • We understand the moral and the ethical responsibility
  • 00:15:50.160 --> 00:15:53.080
  • that we have for continuing that and taking that forward.
  • 00:15:53.090 --> 00:15:55.280
  • (David) The secret to the Jewish people
  • 00:15:55.290 --> 00:15:57.090
  • besides educating the next generation
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:15:59.250
  • is actually keeping Sabbath.
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:01.070
  • Jesus practiced Judaism,
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:03.180
  • and his Judaism closely reflects mine,
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:05.260
  • and at the end of the day, Jesus observed the Sabbath.
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:10.160
  • (narrator) Keeping Sabbath, observing Jewish festivals,
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:13.110
  • and maintaining a consistent life of prayer
  • 00:16:13.120 --> 00:16:15.290
  • have always been important
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:17.090
  • to the survival of Jewish heritage.
  • 00:16:17.100 --> 00:16:19.090
  • Jesus himself kept the customary holidays
  • 00:16:19.100 --> 00:16:21.010
  • and traditions, attending Passover,
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:23.290
  • and honoring the Sabbath with his disciples,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:26.240
  • yet he also encourages new ways to look at these traditions.
  • 00:16:26.250 --> 00:16:30.140
  • He shed fresh light on sacred customs
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  • and taught his followers how to pray and have faith
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  • for God to move on their behalf.
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  • Something that continues in Israel today.
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  • (Daniel Yahav) I'm a Yehudi,
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:40.200
  • a Jew who believes in Yeshua.
  • 00:16:40.210 --> 00:16:42.150
  • Israeli, Zionist, officer in the Israeli army,
  • 00:16:42.160 --> 00:16:45.160
  • with all my being, I love this country and I belong here.
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:50.210
  • Coming out of the army the Lord gave me like a vision,
  • 00:16:50.220 --> 00:16:53.130
  • it's not vision that I saw, it was like a thought, an idea.
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:56.260
  • I'll be working with believers.
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  • Some work place where I'll be working
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  • with my hands, that means simple work,
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:02.160
  • but the morning will start with prayer.
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:05.080
  • A man approaches me and he said, "I want to offer you work
  • 00:17:05.090 --> 00:17:08.030
  • "at a factory owned by a believer,
  • 00:17:08.040 --> 00:17:09.200
  • start in the morning with prayer."
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  • They produced antennas.
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  • And immediately I knew this is it.
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.160
  • So, I didn't ask him
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:15.260
  • how much money I'm going to earn here.
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:17.070
  • I didn't ask him
  • 00:17:17.080 --> 00:17:18.170
  • what kind of job I'm going to do here.
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:20.010
  • I told him, "I'm coming to work,"
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  • and I did.
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  • It was a very small factory out in the province of Tiberius.
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  • No highways between Tel Aviv and Tiberius at that time,
  • 00:17:29.250 --> 00:17:32.180
  • a very high unemployment in Tiberius,
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:35.030
  • no engineers to find in Tiberius.
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  • We're now driving to old Galtronics.
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  • (Daniel voiceover) I do my best and God blesses everything I put my hands to.
  • 00:17:40.220 --> 00:17:44.250
  • It was owned by the same union which wanted to shut us down.
  • 00:17:44.260 --> 00:17:49.020
  • (Daniel voiceover) I was a production worker and I poured myself in
  • 00:17:49.030 --> 00:17:51.220
  • and I did the best I can.
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:53.290
  • So, 4 years later he comes to me and he says,
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:57.070
  • "I want you to become
  • 00:17:57.080 --> 00:17:58.170
  • the director general manager of the company."
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:18:00.110
  • And I said, "Are you sure you're not making a mistake?
  • 00:18:00.120 --> 00:18:04.000
  • "You know, I have no university training.
  • 00:18:04.010 --> 00:18:05.220
  • "You're putting me over the engineers,
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:07.180
  • over the design, over everything."
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:10.020
  • He said, "Yes, but you know how to pray."
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:13.080
  • This was his criteria.
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:15.190
  • Back in '85 there was over 400% inflation in Israel.
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:18.280
  • There were so much interests on our loans that some of them
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:22.210
  • had 1.000% interest.
  • 00:18:22.220 --> 00:18:25.180
  • We came to a place where we had no more money to pay vendors,
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:27.250
  • no more money to pay sellers,
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:29.050
  • no more money to pay electricity.
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:30.260
  • The police would come confiscate typewriters.
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:36.080
  • The union came against us, the Orthodox media
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:38.220
  • came against us, they slandered us.
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:41.020
  • And at first it was local then into the national newspapers.
  • 00:18:41.030 --> 00:18:44.010
  • They just wanted to shut us down.
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:47.230
  • We were sued 24 cases in the labor court.
  • 00:18:47.240 --> 00:18:51.010
  • We didn't have a penny
  • 00:18:51.020 --> 00:18:52.210
  • for a lawyer to defend ourselves.
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:54.130
  • Nobody was dumb enough to invest money in this bankrupt company.
  • 00:18:54.140 --> 00:18:59.020
  • We had a little bit of help from here and there
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.060
  • but it was not, you know, the money that was needed.
  • 00:19:01.070 --> 00:19:04.120
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:10.130
  • I collected my workers and I told them, "Listen, I have
  • 00:19:11.040 --> 00:19:13.040
  • "no money to pay your salary.
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:14.140
  • "However, the first money that comes in,
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:16.100
  • "we'll start paying from the smallest worker
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:18.290
  • "and we'll go up.
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:20.090
  • "And where the money runs out, that's where we stop.
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:22.240
  • "More money comes in, we'll pay ourselves management.
  • 00:19:22.250 --> 00:19:25.100
  • You'll always be the first ones to get money."
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:27.210
  • Every dollar that came in was reinvested,
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:30.290
  • either paying off debts or buying a machine
  • 00:19:31.000 --> 00:19:33.000
  • that would bring up productivity.
  • 00:19:33.010 --> 00:19:36.180
  • The banks closed our bank accounts.
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:38.030
  • It was a desperate situation, everybody said, "This is it.
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:40.180
  • "The factory's got no choice.
  • 00:19:40.190 --> 00:19:42.100
  • I mean, no future. It's finished."
  • 00:19:42.110 --> 00:19:45.060
  • All I could do is a collect a handful of believers
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:47.280
  • and sometimes have prayer, sometimes days of fasting,
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:51.220
  • sometimes till midnight prayer time, and it was
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:54.150
  • in one of these midnight prayer times
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:56.010
  • that we wrote a memo to the Lord
  • 00:19:56.020 --> 00:19:59.050
  • with all the, with our wish list,
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:02.000
  • everything that we wished would happen.
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:04.030
  • Good products, profitability, to come out debt,
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:08.270
  • to have good engineers, good designs, good toolings,
  • 00:20:08.280 --> 00:20:11.120
  • good machinery, and the last thing
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:13.020
  • was the same way as we were slandered
  • 00:20:13.030 --> 00:20:14.230
  • on a national level, that we would be, that this
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:17.010
  • would be corrected somehow.
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:20.050
  • So, this is where Galtronics was.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:23.070
  • This was the entire space, the entire factory.
  • 00:20:23.080 --> 00:20:25.230
  • (Daniel voiceover) We started designing prototypes for the cellular market.
  • 00:20:25.240 --> 00:20:29.050
  • Now, back in '85 nobody knew what a cellular market
  • 00:20:29.060 --> 00:20:31.090
  • was going to do.
  • 00:20:31.100 --> 00:20:32.190
  • Motorola had set up a whole factory
  • 00:20:32.200 --> 00:20:34.020
  • in the United States producing
  • 00:20:34.030 --> 00:20:35.190
  • their own antennas for the cell phones
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:37.090
  • but they were having some problem
  • 00:20:37.100 --> 00:20:39.020
  • which they couldn't figure out and God gave our people
  • 00:20:39.030 --> 00:20:42.060
  • the wisdom how to solve it, and it became our secret.
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:45.260
  • We became Motorola's worldwide only vendor
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:50.190
  • for the next four years.
  • 00:20:50.200 --> 00:20:52.220
  • We grew 10 times, then tripled again in the next 3 years,
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:55.240
  • so in about 7 years, 30 times larger.
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:59.130
  • From one dinky factory in Tiberius
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:01.110
  • to two factories in Israel, one in Scotland,
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:04.110
  • marketing offices in the United States.
  • 00:21:04.120 --> 00:21:06.090
  • Here was the engineering room, production was out there.
  • 00:21:06.100 --> 00:21:10.010
  • (Daniel voiceover) And then Nokia came,
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:11.110
  • they brought a new small list to us and we became
  • 00:21:11.120 --> 00:21:14.110
  • vendor number one for Nokia worldwide.
  • 00:21:14.120 --> 00:21:17.000
  • Marketing researchers estimated that we were
  • 00:21:17.010 --> 00:21:19.050
  • 70% of the world market.
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:21.030
  • Back in those early days the whole world was against you.
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:24.070
  • (Daniel voiceover) And then came the last answer, an application arrived,
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:27.150
  • it's called a Kaplan Prize, a prize which was given
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:30.100
  • in the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:33.110
  • by the head of the parliament,
  • 00:21:33.120 --> 00:21:34.250
  • and the prizes would be given out
  • 00:21:34.260 --> 00:21:36.080
  • to people who blessed, or companies, who blessed
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:38.240
  • Israel in a special way.
  • 00:21:38.250 --> 00:21:40.260
  • It was the highest level that you can get.
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:42.250
  • And in this application form I wrote one sentence
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:46.020
  • that, "By the grace of God we came forward."
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:49.150
  • You know, I couldn't just take the credit because it was God.
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:53.230
  • It was a miracle.
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:55.080
  • So I put it in.
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:56.180
  • This is really a blessing to come back here
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:59.200
  • and to see all of this again.
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:01.110
  • (Daniel voiceover) Later on, comes an engineer, he checks everything out,
  • 00:22:01.120 --> 00:22:03.230
  • and then he comes into my office and says,
  • 00:22:03.240 --> 00:22:05.050
  • "Listen, what is this one sentence?
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:06.220
  • "I mean, you guys are a high-tech company.
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:08.130
  • I mean, what does that have to do with the grace of God?"
  • 00:22:08.140 --> 00:22:11.040
  • He knew nothing that we were Messianic Jews.
  • 00:22:11.050 --> 00:22:13.240
  • So, I leaned back in my chair and I said,
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:15.090
  • "Okay, here it goes," because if they know that we're
  • 00:22:15.100 --> 00:22:17.270
  • Messianic Jews, bye-bye Kaplan Prize.
  • 00:22:17.280 --> 00:22:20.120
  • And I tell him, you know, "This might be the last,
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:22.280
  • "the end of this story but I'll tell you anyway.
  • 00:22:22.290 --> 00:22:25.030
  • I'm a Jew who believes in Yeshua."
  • 00:22:25.040 --> 00:22:27.010
  • And I tell him the whole story.
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:29.180
  • And he's impressed.
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:31.220
  • So, later on comes a whole committee,
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:33.170
  • months go by, and we get a notification,
  • 00:22:33.180 --> 00:22:35.220
  • "You've been chosen."
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:37.020
  • God is good, he is faithful, he is faithful.
  • 00:22:37.030 --> 00:22:40.050
  • (Daniel voiceover) The Orthodox approached the committee who chose us
  • 00:22:40.060 --> 00:22:42.210
  • and they do everything to pull us out of it,
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:48.010
  • and we were the only winners, prize winners
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:50.110
  • who were re-brought up for a whole re-evaluation
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:53.220
  • and re-confirmed.
  • 00:22:53.230 --> 00:22:55.220
  • So, here we come to the parliament.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.150
  • Here comes the minister of labor,
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:23:02.160
  • he was a rabbi Posh, Posh is a Pharisee.
  • 00:23:02.170 --> 00:23:06.080
  • So, he's the modern-day Pharisee,
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:08.010
  • and he was a very militant rabbi.
  • 00:23:08.020 --> 00:23:10.130
  • He was fighting everybody in Israel.
  • 00:23:10.140 --> 00:23:12.170
  • And so, after this wonderful ceremony
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:15.150
  • where he tells everybody all the nice words,
  • 00:23:15.160 --> 00:23:17.140
  • how wonderful we all are,
  • 00:23:17.150 --> 00:23:18.240
  • blessing Israel, and so on and so forth,
  • 00:23:18.250 --> 00:23:20.180
  • then he pulls up from his jacket this piece of paper, and says,
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:22.270
  • "There is one prize winner: Galtronics."
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:25.250
  • And he calls us, and he says, "They do terrible things,"
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:27.290
  • a whole bunch of nonsense.
  • 00:23:28.000 --> 00:23:29.120
  • Immediate person comes to me
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:30.250
  • and hands me over a piece of paper
  • 00:23:30.260 --> 00:23:32.190
  • and he says, "When you go up to get your prize,
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:34.090
  • speak against him, you know, fight back."
  • 00:23:34.100 --> 00:23:36.240
  • They wanted to see blood, you know, which I didn't do.
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:39.280
  • He looks like a really nice man and he has to shake my hand.
  • 00:23:39.290 --> 00:23:42.270
  • He had no choice.
  • 00:23:42.280 --> 00:23:44.070
  • Rabbi Posh handing me the prize and next to him stands
  • 00:23:44.080 --> 00:23:48.060
  • the head of the parliament, and next to him stands
  • 00:23:48.070 --> 00:23:50.080
  • the foreign minister Israel, David Levi at the time,
  • 00:23:50.090 --> 00:23:52.120
  • and he was taking the place of Prime Minister.
  • 00:23:52.130 --> 00:23:55.020
  • (Daniel voiceover) Now, because he attacked us, we were singled now out
  • 00:23:55.030 --> 00:23:58.170
  • by the radio immediately after the ceremony
  • 00:23:58.180 --> 00:24:01.110
  • and the next morning on the morning news.
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:04.130
  • We were the good guys that were blessing Israel
  • 00:24:04.140 --> 00:24:07.270
  • and he was the bad guy that was disturbing, you know?
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:11.100
  • So, God answered this last request
  • 00:24:11.110 --> 00:24:14.140
  • on our memo pad that everything will be restored
  • 00:24:14.150 --> 00:24:16.220
  • including our name.
  • 00:24:16.230 --> 00:24:18.200
  • Behind me is Kenneth Crow,
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:20.120
  • owner and president of the company.
  • 00:24:20.130 --> 00:24:23.000
  • And one early morning as I'm bed, I'm just waking up,
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  • the Lord speaks to me again, and he says,
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  • "I want you to leave your position.
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  • "I want you to become full-time pastor.
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  • "You will remain on the board of directors,
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  • and you'll get full salary from the company."
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  • All of these things the Lord told me that download.
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  • 00:24:47.000 --> 00:24:52.290
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:54.230
  • In spite of impossible odds and unparalleled opposition,
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  • the Jewish people not only survive, they thrive
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  • because Israel's a nation of survivors.
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  • Throughout history, their resilience shocked
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  • the world, but it was no surprise to God.
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  • The Bible foretold that although the Israelites
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  • would be scattered, God would bring
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  • their descendants back to the Promised Land.
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  • God's promises to all believers are true and eternal,
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  • and they sustain us, just like they have sustained
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  • the people of Israel.
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  • I leave you with a psalm penned by King David,
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  • a blessing over the city, and indeed a prayer for Israel.
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  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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  • "May they prosper who love you.
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  • "May peace be within your walls
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  • "and prosperity within your palaces.
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  • "For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will now say
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  • "may peace be within you.
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  • "For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
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  • I will seek your good."
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  • (male announcer) Survivor, the word has become synonymous
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  • with the Jewish people.
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  • They have overcome obstacles, tragedies, and adversaries.
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  • Today, the world's Jewish population
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  • is virtually the same as it was 2.000 years ago.
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  • Though small in number, they have defied the odds.
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  • No other people group
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  • has survived exile from their homeland.
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  • The Jewish people have done it twice.
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  • Throughout history, they have settled
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  • in almost every corner of the earth, and yet,
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  • their national identity survived.
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  • They were the children of Israel clinging to their promises.
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  • They survived the pressures of persecution in every century.
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  • During the Holocaust, nearly 6 million Jews
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  • living in Europe were murdered.
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  • Only 37% of their population survived.
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  • Together these few founded a nation, Israel,
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  • a nation of survivors.
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