November 23, 2008

Josh Gomes is scoring points for Israel

We are family. Yup.

Looking at our faces in the photo, you might wonder, How? What’s up with that?

Watch the video (7.5 minutes).




Then, come back to "listen to" more of Josh's unique voice in his email below.

On Feb 20, 2008, at 9:37 PM, Josh Gomes wrote:
I just got home [to Binyamina] from the Jerusalem trip! Wow, it was the best. ... I have things on my phone like the Western Wall (where people put their prayers to Jesus or God in cracks between the stones), Mt. Zion where King David was buried, Mt. of Olives, and the walk that Jesus made to Calvary on the Cross (aka Via Dolorosa). I will show you in time.

But yeah, after that we went to The Holocaust Museum [Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority]. 6 million Jews and more died, and over 3 million of them were from Poland! We had a 3-hour tour lady, and she was the best. The sights I saw I will never forget. The devil had to be full force in Hitler for him to get an entire country to abide through all this.

The most interesting fact about the gas chambers in Germany is that only 30-40 Nazis ran each camp. And over an entire year, well 13 months, 900,000 Jews died in one camp through just 30-40 men's doing. Also, I didn't know that Americans knew what was going on, not from the beginning, but they knew during the stages of this and did nothing besides a few bombs in not effective areas. All they had to do was bomb Auschwitz and the railroads that took the Jews to the gas chambers. They came when it was all said and done, and acted like they were shocked! I mean, I am sure some were, but still.

I didn't really know how much Poland was hit. The towns they did it in... I saw those towns every road game and not knowing history was there 60-65 years ago. They had the "Ghetto" in Warsaw. How they did those people I will never forget. When the people were dead, they had a bulldozer like they do snow and just piled and pushed the dead people into these caves that they made. Aw, man, that time had to be one of the worst periods ever.

The tour lady made sure we knew everything so we can continue the story for generations to come! I'm glad I took the opportunity.

By the way, I have the 'net and TV up, haaa. Do you want to talk on Skype on Friday? It's cheaper for the both of us. I will add you in now.

To learn more about our "family," see Family reunion in Atlanta.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very thoughtful and engaging. I had to watch it twice. Will share with my bookclub.

Sherry

judith said...

Congratulations on your first production! It produced a big smile on me,
love
Judith

JeSais said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog... a nice reminder for me to come over here and "visit" you. You say you envy me my sister relationship, and I in turn envy you your very extended international family. You are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing a little bit of Josh and Stella with us.

Savtadotty said...

Good work, Tamar! I liked your choice of music, and am proud to be chosen for a cameo appearance as part of Israel's "local color"!

Dror said...

I'm very happy for him. I was very moved by the interview, and I'm very enthusiastic about Josh's prospects. It's so refreshing and optimistic to find that there is some genuine affection between Jews and Blacks in your community.

יורם said...

שמעתי וראיתי בעתונות הספורט שג'וש גומז מצליח מאוד. כל הכבוד!

BronzeBuckaroo said...

He asked the same questions I ask and continue to ask about those people who knew what was going on during that horrific slaughter of innocence. Yes, I paid attention in history class.

Ms. T, I envy Josh for just being up and close in person with you. Then, to be in Isreal....

Attending predominately white schools growing up, my Jewish "brothers and sisters" were always nice to me. And, all the things I learned from them left a lasting impression on me.

Josh is what I wish EVERYONE could be like----open mind and heart to listen and learn.

Stefan/Vienna, Austria, Europe said...

congratulations tamar to your multimedia blog!!!! kol hakavod!

i liked the interview very much and the story behind! that you were so close to his family in the States and then Josh comes to Israel to play basketball, woow!

all the best
stefan

Josh said...

Thanks Tammy. This clip was very good! I appreciate it and I know my family does as well!

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! Great job interviewing and interesting pics!

Mayetta said...

Tammy congratulations on your first blog production; and for it to be on Josh is an honor for our family! We appreciate you and the inspiration you have been to our family. You first met our family when my sister, Karen, was a student in your pre-school class and my Mom was your aide! I am truly amazed at how God has a way of bringing people together; and I am so grateful that you are still in our lives!

Jeff said...

I think it would be interesting for you to write more about your discovery of your spiritual mother in an African American woman - Most of us go through lives without discovering spiritual parents - the idea is one that could be developed a lot- thanks for sharing the video -

Debbie Shachar Mathias said...

Tammy, thank you for sharing the video (I did manage to see it...) and the E-mail.
You have put it together with such love and care; one can't help but feel your uniqueness too.

I agree with Jeff's comment, and would love to hear more about that too.

Linda said...

How WONDERFUL! Thanks SO MUCH for that WONDERFUL tribute to Ma--It touched my heart. You are a special little lady, and I love you!!!!! : )

Karen said...

Ms. Orvell, thank you so much for lifting up our late beloved mom in this video along with dad. It brought tears to my eyes and revival to my spirit in keeping Ma's legacy to us alive.

Dori said...

Wow! That is really nice! It gave me a chance to see how life is for JG over there. Of course we talk about it; but its always fun to listen to how he responds to other's questions! Thank you for this wonderful video! God's Blessings!

D

Lonny Gomes said...

Tammy, the last time I saw you had to have been over 10 years ago! I'm Josh's older brother. It was great to see the video since Josh NEVER takes any pictures of where he was at. And I know he was also very thankful for you help in helping him getting acclimated while he was in Israel for the first time!

littlepurplecow said...

Congratulations on your first video story, Tamar! I am so proud of you and look forward to many more in the future. What a wonderful tribute to a blessed family. Thank you for shining your light.

Anonymous said...

It is great to "meet" the family you speak of so often and who mean so much to you. He sounds like a very solid young man.

Anonymous said...

Your video is nothing less than stunning! I enjoyed it immensely and have forwarded it on to my family in Jerusalem...I know they will be fascinated. You are so rich with life...what a joy.

Anonymous said...

This piece was lovely - I really enjoyed it!

Gail said...

It is wonderful! I enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you.

Joyce said...

Your Nichols family sounds in a way like my Medina family connection. You have a BIG heart, my beloved friend..!!