Monday, October 03, 2005

New Year's Day

Just a quick posting to wish all Freedmanslifers a happy new year. Slacking off on the whole card thing so just click here for some light entertainment...

Also a quick plug for a new international initiative. In the near future the first issue of an international Jewish student magazine will be published by WUJS. We are looking for talented student writers around the world to participate in this project. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please email Yuval here.

For the first issue we are looking for articles on the following topics:
- Inter-faith/inter-religion
- Israel
- Student issues like: human rights, ecology, struggling students etc
- Jewish culture

All articles should relate in some way to Jewish students around the world.

Finally, a New Year greeting from avid Freedmanslife reader, Mr A. Sharon from Jerusalem:

"Dear Friends,

As we stand at the dawn of a New Year, I send you my best wishes for a happy New Year from Jerusalem, the eternal and united capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

The Jewish people have a long and unique history. We have overcome long periods of persecution and suffering, while at the same time achieving many magnificent and important accomplishments – the modern and vibrant State of Israel being the greatest of those.

In its short history, the State of Israel has faced many challenges. Through the good times and the bad, our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora have always stood beside us and sustained us. My Government firmly believes in strengthening the ties between the Diaspora and the State of Israel, and is working to achieve that goal. We consider your support and commitment to be an invaluable asset in our efforts to safeguard Israel’s vital interests.

The past few months have not been easy for the citizens of Israel. However, I believe that we will emerge from this experience united, and that Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state will be strengthened.

Together with you, we look forward with hope and optimism.

I wish us all a New Year of peace and quiet, health, prosperity and happiness. I hope that you will celebrate the coming year with us here in Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people.

Shana Tova, and hatima tova.

Arik"

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