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Buy Israeli Products: It Means More Than Just A Purchase

By: Tzivy Ross  

I was privileged to have visited Israel recently. I walked the streets, friendlier and more serene than depicted regularly in the media. I spoke to many Israelis, each one more effusive than the next in expressing their gratitude over the woefully inadequate gesture of visiting them in their time of suffering. I saw the sign at the Moment Café, scene of the murder of 11 innocent Jews (and the injuries of 54 others), raised high against the shell of a once vibrant café. This is a sign which captures both the pain and the strength of the people of Israel, proclaiming “We cry, we cry, we cry,” and then we go on from there.” 

I was fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the spirit and resilience of the people of Israel who despite their unbearable pain struggle to maintain their hope and optimism for each day that lies ahead of them. 

Yet they do this despite seemingly insurmountable odds. What is it that allows them to do this? What are the factors that promote resilience and mastery over incredibly challenging situations? 

Resilience in Times of Stress 
There are two key factors which promote resilience and mastery over trauma and terrible stress. They are receiving support, and possessing internal reserves of coping and strength which allows one to manage difficult experiences. When an individual feels supported and/or is involved in a mutually shared experience with others, he or she can be greatly strengthened and encouraged. Feeling that others can identify with and support one’s experiences can greatly enhance an individual’s ability to tolerate them. 

Equally important, when an individual has a strong sense of him/herself and can draw upon internal emotional or spiritual strengths, than he or she will have the resources to cope with even the most difficult circumstances. 

Vulnerability in Times of Stress 
Yet there is now an entire population of individuals in Israel who are being deprived of these key factors in promoting resilience during terrible times of stress: Israeli merchandisers, shopkeepers and store owners, particularly those whose businesses rely heavily upon tourists 

One of the most heartbreaking sights which confronted me during my trip to Israel was the completely desolate nature of the once thriving Israeli goods industry. I saw shopkeepers who sat alone in a store full of wares, arranging and rearranging their merchandise in perfect alignment, only to have no customers to present them to. I saw merchandisers stand around their empty booths, unoccupied, isolated and with no one to interact with, staring aimlessly into the empty street that stretched ahead of them in every direction. I saw them start with anticipation at the few passersby who may have straggled into their store, responding as much to the need for human contact as to the need to sustain their livelihoods. 

I heard one storeowner cry out in pain, “Where are the people? It’s not fair. Look what they have done to us! We don’t live in Israel, we live in Palestine”. 

Deprived of Support, Deprived of Hope 
The storeowners and merchants of Israel spend days and weeks without any real contact with others and thus feel truly abandoned and alone, depriving them of much needed support during this terrible time of crisis. They are denied opportunities for meaningful interaction, have no one to do business with and cannot help but draw the conclusion that others do not care about the terribly dire situation that they find themselves in. This lack of support creates an enormous psychological strain, in addition to the stress of fearing for their own physical safety and that of their loved one’s on a daily basis 

Perhaps more tragically, they are stripped of their dignity and independence, bereft of their ability to support themselves and sustain their families. When an individual has developed internal strengths and a feeling of self-mastery and independence, then he or she has the ability tolerate and find meaning in even the most terrible suffering. The storeowners and merchandisers of Israel, however, are robbed of their ability to be providers and to feel independent and of value, thus contributing to an incredibly demoralized and defeated self-image which adds to their great pain and sorrow. 

What We Can Do 
While many people cannot take it upon themselves to visit Israel right now and lend support in person, there is much than can be accomplished from home. While giving charity is of course enormously helpful, there is a special level of chesed [kindness] that does kindness while allowing the recipient to preserve his or her autonomy, dignity and self-respect. Purchasing products from Israel falls into that category. 

If each individual took upon him or herself to make one purchase of Israeli products, it would make a remarkable impression on the Israeli economy. These products can consist of one’s next Bar Mitzvah or wedding gift, jewelry, clothing, Judaica, food or other items. 

There have been several synagogues recently in Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey which sponsored special fairs featuring Israeli merchandisers, and these provided a wonderful opportunity to offer much needed financial, emotional and social support to many Israelis in need. 

The internet is another important outlet that many Israeli merchandisers are turning toward in order to compensate for their lack of business abroad. I have included many web sites where purchases of Israeli products can be made. 

Let us not forget the sign, tragically yet defiantly displayed by the Israeli people at the remnants of the Moment Café: “We cry, we cry, we cry, and we go on from there.” Let us help them do that. 

Israeli Web Sites:
Israeli flags, cosmetics, jewelry, unusual items
www.israelshop1.com 

Links to many Israeli businesses:
www.usaisrael.org
www.israel-music.com 

Israeli plants and flowers for delivery in Israel or the US 
www.aleidafna.co.il 
www.israelcraft.com 

Dead Sea Products 
www.ahava.com 
www.israelbooks.com 

Judaica items 
www.jerusalemgifts.com 

Interesting and unique items and ideas 
www.thesourceisrael.com 

Gifts, books, music
www.jpoststore.com 

Candles, jewelry, crystals, fragrances and oils 
heaven-land.virtualave.net 
www.israeldirect.co.il 
www.israelvisit.co.il 

Bar mitzvah and wedding gifts 
www.esek.com/tradition 

Food products, books and music
www.israelwishes.com 

products from Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem 
www.shorashim.net 
www.shopinisrael.com 
www.israeliposters.co.il 
www.flowers4israel.org 

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