Something happened to me over there…

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“Something happened to me over there.”  A line from the incredible true story about the, “Woman in Gold.”  The young, inexperienced lawyer representing the elderly Jewish woman in the movie had come with her to Vienna to try against all odds to have a priceless work of art returned to her that was stolen from her family by the Nazi’s in WW2.  In a scene at the Holocaust Memorial in Vienna, this young lawyer touches the name of “Treblinka” – the camp where his Grandparents perished – and finds his heart gripped with a sorrow he had not felt before. This young man, who previously had been consumed with climbing the corporate ladder is overcome.   He becomes obsessed with helping the Jewish woman.  He can think of nothing else.  He risks everything to help her.

“Something happened to me over there.”  It’s a line that resounded in our hearts as the tears poured from my eyes while watching the film.  When did the ‘something’ happen for us?  I’m not sure either one of us could tell you.  Seeds of love planted years ago and nourished?   Years spent walking ancient stone streets breathing in the memories of unspeakable acts?  Did the ‘something’ happen while standing in a death chamber whose air somehow still held the essence of life of those whose final breaths were sucked out of them?  Did it happen while kissing the numbers tattooed on wrinkled skin?  Was it while listening to stories that tumbled out of hearts still wounded and raw?  Or perhaps it was the tears that seeped out of eyes bluer than the Mediterranean Sea and the hoarse whispers of pleading with us to ‘not forget’ and ‘to not let it happen again.’  Maybe it was the gallant “I love you’s” that came from somewhere deep in the chest of a 90-year old warrior whose cries echoed the heart of once small and innocent child?

“Something happened to me over there.”  A key opened a door in our hearts that cannot be shut. This passion….the love of God for them drenches us when we look into their faces.  These children of Israel are the heart of God.  His brothers and sisters.  If you believe in the Jewish Messiah, then you know these are His relatives.  Israel is still scattered.  And, these scattered ones need our – your – help.   The reality of the world does not lay in the newest toys…the newest technologies and gadgets….what we think we ‘need.’  The reality is in the refugees driven from their homes with only what they can carry…who are sleeping tonight in tents with holes.  Little children starving.  Those who are being crucified, beheaded and torched because of their religion.  And to those whose broken down bodies and hearts lie isolated and alone in crumbling shacks in the Former Soviet Union.

To some, Larry and I must look like a couple whose ‘elevators’ don’t quite go all the way to the top.  With the exception of our clothing and a few personal items, everything we own…33 years… has been reduced down now to 7 small totes that are packed into my Mom’s garage, waiting.  While others in our lives are preparing for their retirement we scratch our heads and wonder why two seemingly intelligent individuals would give it all away to go to the other side of the world to care for a group of people with one foot in the grave.  By the world’s standard, it makes no sense.  Except…..Something happened to us over there.

There’s a Storm Coming

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A recent video release by artist, Andrew McKain and produced by The Jerusalem Connection.  A storm is coming.  As the storm has already begun across Eastern Europe, there will be many Survivors who will stay behind because they are not able to travel and are too aged to make such a move.  The Lev Project wants to be there for those who wish to make the journey and those who cannot.  They need our help.  Please consider how you can join with us to make a difference!  Click here to donate to The Lev Project.  Donate Here

Watch and listen carefully to this important message.  Lyrics below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuBdH5SM-C4&list=PLn2w4c9UdZ-0pzo3mCQuDKyiwhRfIo1Yp

There’s a Storm Coming

Andrew McKain

11/21/14

Verse 1

Eyes opened, summer, twenty-fourteen

The sound of thunder woke me up from my sleep

Throngs of angry people storming European streets

Waving signs, shouting things that you wouldn’t believe

“Death to Jews” in France – no chance, you heard me?

Even worse, it was “Gas the Jews” in Germany [1]

I don’t know about you, but it’s starting to worry me

Barely made the news, “It’s cool,” they assure me

“Just Muslim immigrants watching Gaza and worrying

Israel’s killing innocents is really unnerving ‘em

And maybe they in ignorance yell something disturbing

A little overzealous, that accounts for their wording.”

At least that’s what they tell us, so we ignore what’s emerging

And unfortunately it’s working,

We got no idea about the evil that’s lurking

There’s a storm coming ….

If all this hate’s about the State of Israel

Now what’s that gotta do with pulling food from the shelves

Of a grocer in London who was too afraid to sell

Something “Kosher” lest he be attacked as well [2]

Or that Jewish-owned pharmacy burned down in Sarcelles

Where Muslims bombed a synagogue with Molotov Cocktails [3]

The day in 1942 Nazis murdered Jews there [4]

Am I getting through to you, am I making it clear?

It’s anti-Semitism, not anti-Israel! [5]

So used to living with it, think it’s no big deal

All this violence and hate, it ain’t going nowhere

We can’t wish it away with some spin or a spell

Get your head out of the sand, Europe, this is for real

Can’t un-see what I’ve seen, don’t un-hear what I tell

Jew hatred runs deep, it’s a bottomless well

Now that hatred is back, like cancerous cells

Jews are under attack, somebody ring the bell

It’s high tide, water rising, better brace for the swell

There’s a storm coming ….

Chorus

Listen!

Hear that thunder in the distance?

Getting closer every minute

Did you ever wonder what you’re missing?

When you’re too busy to pay attention

Can’t you sense it?

Storm’s coming any minute

No sense in waiting till we’re in it

2 x 2 we’re gonna send ‘em

Before the rains start spilling

Now you know we got a mission …. Are you with me?

Verse 2

I ain’t being alarmist, I ain’t trying to shock

This summer wasn’t anything like Kristallnacht [6]

It was day you see what’s coming or you choose to not

Like when Theodore Herzl witnessed Alfred Dreyfus in the dock [7]

A Decorated French Jew accused of treason

J’accuse! – convicted, for no reason                                                                                             

Paris streets, they were teeming with people shouting and screaming

No doubt about it increasing and Dreyfus couldn’t appease ‘em

Cause they’d imagined a grievance, lent credence to the belief that

Maybe the Jews were the reason for all the problem they’re seeing

Herzl watched the proceedings . . .then it hit him, the need of

His fellow Jews for a state – only place they’d be free from

The tidal wave of hate about to flood the whole region

He made his case for escape; he tried to reach ‘em

But it was too late before the world believed him

He saw the storm coming ….

That was back in 1894,

40 years before the Shoah hit Europe’s shore

What if they listened when he tried to warn

About the storm clouds he saw beginning to form?

What if they listened to Noah when he was building the ark?

Not a cloud in the sky, man, no cause for alarm

But he had the foresight, to see the flood from afar [8]

Not to see as he’d like, but see things as they are

Seeing it’s easy, but believing it’s hard

Cause then we choose to ignore it or to do our part

Do we lay on the beach and watch the sky grow dark

Or do we stand in the breach and get the people ashore

We got no excuse, don’t gotta look that far

To see the storm clouds gather and the sky grow dark [9]

Hear the thunder rattle, see the lightening spark

There’s a storm coming whether we’re ready or not?

[1]Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows.” New York Times, 23 Sep 2014.

[2]Jewish Leaders Condemn Supermarket Protests.” Daily Mail, 18 Aug 2014.

[3]Anti-semitism on the Rise Across Europe ‘in Worst Times Since the Nazis’”. The Guardian, 7 Aug 2014.

[4]Pro-Palestinian Protestors Raid Jewish Neighborhood Outside Paris.” Haaretz,21 Jul 2014.

[5]Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice.” The Atlantic, 21 Sep 2014.

[6] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/peopleevents/pandeAMEX99.html

[7] http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Herzl.html

[8] Hebrews 11:7

[9]Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews are Fleeing Once Again.” Newsweek, 29 Jul 2014.