Gidon Ariel and Moshe Kempinski – April 01, 2024

Moshe Kempinski’s Personal Story
Gidon introduced Moshe Kempinski, who shared his personal story of growing up in Canada, then settling in Israel. Moshe recounted his experiences during the 1967 war, which deeply impacted his connection to Judaism and Israel. He also talked about his career and various roles he held, including family therapist and construction business owner.

Hasidic Tale and Jewish Quarter Discussion
Moshe told a story from his Hasidic upbringing about a man seeking advice from a drunkard shoemaker, which he used as an analogy for his own business venture. He and Gidon discussed the significance of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, after a surge in visitors with an increased interest in the Jewish faith. Moshe shared their initial struggles to accommodate this influx but ultimately transformed their store into a space for dialogue and understanding.

Understanding Perspectives, Respect, and Contributions
Moshe and Gidon discussed the importance of understanding each other’s perspectives, beliefs and the value of mutual respect and openness in communication, even when their beliefs differ. Moshe shared his observations of the world over the past 50 years, emphasizing that people are increasingly realizing God’s presence and seeking a connection with Him. They also discussed Moshe’s career shift from focusing solely on Jewish outreach to including Christian people, and the resilience of the Israeli people in the face of ongoing conflict. Additionally, they touched on their personal experiences, the value of living in Israel, and the significance of every individual’s contribution to a bigger story.

Dialogue Between Religious Groups Discussed
Moshe and Gidon discussed the importance of dialogue between different religious groups. Moshe emphasized that, despite differences, there is a growing interest in understanding each other’s perspectives, particularly within the context of Judaism and Christianity. Gidon shared his experience of finding common ground with Christians, despite their theological differences. They both agreed on the significance of recognizing God’s role as both a loving father and a fearsome king. Towards the end, they invited people to join a mailing list and visit a shop.

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