Hello, I’m Gideon, publisher of On Jewish Matters magazine.
On Jewish Matters (OJM) magazine was launched in June 2014 and has been growing steadily ever since. The magazine focuses on Jewish and Israeli matters. I created this website to strengthen the Jewish people by way of knowledge sharing among all good people of every faith to end the Jewish people’s struggle to live freely as equals among the world’s nations.
I grew up in a period of frequent wars between Israel and its neighbors. The Six Day war erupted when I was in 3rd grade. The Yom Kippur war erupted when I was in 10th grade. I was nineteen years old when I was dispatched as a Golani soldier with my unit to Lebanon to fight the PLO. As a student at the Technion, I was called to serve during the First Lebanon war. I’m named after my uncle Gideon Pick who was killed in battle with the Jordanian army in the 1950s. My father Oscar was a in a Nazi concentration camp, before escaping and becoming a Jewish partisan. My mother was two years old when her family had to immigrate from Germany to Israel, after the Nazis came to power.
My story is not unique. It is the story of many Jews:
I was born into a period when Jews came to Israel in huge numbers: Wave after wave of Jews came to the tiny country to build a new home for themselves, to help building a new country, and to raise a family in the one place where Jews were the majority. Israel was only 10 years old at the time. Almost every adult I knew was either a Holocaust survivor, or a refugee from an Arab country.
Many of my childhood friends came from places where they had to escape hardship and humiliation; places such as Arab and communist countries. The majority of the people in my hometown were new immigrants. I was one of the few who were born in Israel. My childhood friends were from Morocco, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Libya, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Iraq, Poland, India, and from many other places. We all grew up together. Few years later we all joined the Israeli Army. It was our turn to defend our homeland.
I received my military training in the Golani brigade. Upon discharge from the army, I attended the Technion. I’m a mechanical engineer in my profession. I also served in the US Army. I currently live with my family in Boca Raton, Florida.
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