Today’s song is by Harel Skaat and Yuda Poliker. It’s in Hebrew, but the video has English subtitles. I love the lyrics to this song, and it inspired me to write about my heroes today.

It might sound silly, but Harel Skaat and Yehuda Poliker are two of my heroes. They both came out recently, and they both managed to keep their career not only going, but oh Harel’s career is going better than before and Poliker is going strong, too. They both are popular because of their talent and being an inspiration and proof of the possibility of being a Jew, being gay and being a thinking, caring person at the same time. Yes, I know, I have written about Skaat’s work with kids, the reading campaign, the call for politcal awareness and so on… yeah, I love a man who uses his brain. And also love a man who is willing to live who he is, even if it’s hard in a country like Israel.

Another one of my heroes is James Randi. I admire him for his work in exposing frauds like Peter Popoff and James Hydrick and John Edward and all these other folks. Even our own Uri Geller. I love, love, love Randi’s 1 million dollar challenge, and I do hope his work and legacy will continue in exposing faith healers and others who claim to have supernatural abilities, ripping people off in the mean time. I’m also a sceptic and I am not sure that I am actually capable of belief in anything, even though I really really want to believe in G-d. Oh well.

Then there is Golda Meir. There are a gazillion reasons for that, and if you Google her, you’ll know why she is on the list. I’d just like to point out that she was an elected leader of a middle eastern country before the US had their first female candidate. Way before. 😀

My grandfather is one of my greatest heroes. Born to a wealthy doctor, raised with Socio-Democratic ideals, he lived through the Shoah and the Arab-Israeli wars and a Hungarian prison in the 50’s, and managed to remain true to his ideals and faith. He passed away  not too long ago, and I still miss his wisdom. He had insight that few other people do. He also had a great sense of humour and great knowledge. And a lot of integrity. I wish I could be more like him.

And a few more of my heroes are Christie Minich, Annie Kitching, Hope Anne Dueck and Leah Spring. They are all mothers, by birth and by adoption. Their blogs detail the life with children with special needs and special challenges. I’d make them required reading before letting anyone adopt, to be honest. They are also women of faith.

I muist be super sleepy, because somehow Stephen Hawking didn’t make the first version of the post! He is smart, he is awesome, he makes me understand complicated concepts and jokes in The Big Bang Theory.

10 Responses to “Hero”

  1. Jon Hayenga says:

    A very nice list.
    Although I only know a couple of them. The others I undertand in concept.
    So many other countries make the US look like a joke when it comes to women in political positions.
    John Edwards, what a joke. 😮

    • Hevel says:

      Yeah, I like to rub it in that Pakistan had a female leader before the USA…

      • Jon Hayenga says:

        Well, after the first Black President has been such a success, tongue in cheek, with half the country, I don’t think we will see a woman prez for awhile now.

  2. Annie says:

    Wow….I have to say, to think of myself as anyone’s hero is quite terrifying. I want so much to live up to it.
    I like this idea for a post….but I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t been able to READ posts, let alone write them.

    But, I do know that I can do a turn-about on that one. 🙂

    But, first I’ll just mention friendship. At a staff meeting the other day someone mentioned some exercise from a youth group where people had to name “friends you’d want to go to a movie with/friends you’d want to have a laugh with/the friend you’d tell a secret to/etc. Then they mentioned “the friend who would help you, no questions asked”…..and I almost cried, because I thought of you. Your kindness and LOVE is inspirational and so supportive, at a time when I need that a lot. And you’d be great for the others, too!

  3. Ágó says:

    Randi and Hawking made my list, too!

  4. betond says:

    Ez kivételesen nekem is tetszett. Hajrá hajrá neked.

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