Adam Milstein Offers 8 Gifts

The heroic story of the Maccabees serves at the motivation behind Adam Milstein’s most recent article in HuffPost. The article, “Pride and Courage: Gifts for Our Children in 2018,” revisits the acts of courage, bravery, and determination of the Maccabees to protect Jewish identity and land. This combination of traits resulted in the defeat of the Greeks despite having fewer numbers and inferior weapons.

The homeland of the Jewish people, known as the Land of Israel, was formed as result of their perseverance.

Adam Milstein, an author of the Times of Israel, who emphasized that these traits are just as relevant in modern times as they were in ancient times. And, he wrote it was important these ideals should be revisited during the holiday season when this article was written in late December.

He put together eight gifts that each Jewish family should have in 2018 that should inspire self-identity. He continued that there is strength in knowing where you are and where you are from.

These gifts, which includes viewpoints connecting the Maccabee’s positive to modern times, are:

– Pride

– Courage

– Persistence

– Knowledge

– Innovation

– Belief in the Impossible

– Brotherhood

– Passion

Adam Milstein wrote, for example, that courage was important in giving Jews the “courage and conviction” to support the Jewish state and speak out against those who pose a threat.

He also wrote that inspiring characteristics displayed by the Maccabees are a means of enriching the Jewish lives of the younger generation. This, he writes, will solidify the days to come and allow this generation to author a new history for the Jewish people based on stories from the past.

Adam Milstein is chairman of the Israeli-American Council, philanthropist, real estate entrepreneur and president of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/adam-milstein

Let Your Voice Be Heard For Human Right

In this age of technology, we are more aware of the problems going on around the world than ever before. We barely go an hour without seeing some sort of negative news, whether it be on television, on your Twitter feed, and yes, some people still read newspapers. However, most of the world doesn’t really know what they can do to help. This is where Avaaz comes in.

Avaaz is a U.S based civic organization that was cofounded in 2007 by three groups. Res Publica, one of Avaaz’s cofounders, is a group of individuals composed of public sector professionals dedicated to keeping tabs on the governing system and keeping America grounded in democracy. MoveOn.org, a progressive public policy advocacy group, was also a cofounder of Avaaz. Service Employees International Union also supported Avaaz at its commencement.

The main goal of Avaaz is to promote practical idealism without pushing any sort of agenda. They are funded by their members completely, preventing any bias that comes with being funded by governments or corporations. Their ideology, practical idealism, is not based on any rules or labels. Their goal is to unite people from all around the world, to help create a world that everyone loves.

Many news and activism organizations have bosses that tell them what to write or what movements to support. Avaaz is different, because instead of deciding these things themselves they give that power to the people. Campaign ideas are submitted by members and then randomly given to ten thousand members to vote on. If the consensus says that the cause is worthy, Avaaz starts the campaign, and the campaign is usually supported by thousands of members within days. “Avaaz” is a word used Middle Eastern and Asian countries that translates to “Voice” in English, which makes sense because Avaaz’s main goal is to let peoples’ voices be heard.