My name is Forest Rain and I am an American born Israeli.
I was born in the land of the free, the home of the brave. I was raised to believe in truth, justice and the American way. Yes, I believe in the exceptional experiment that is America. Not because of the ideas taught me as a child but because of the reality I see as an adult – Israel.
It is in the land of my heritage that I see the living, breathing, battling to survive values of the land of my birth. Here the theory is reality.
And this is not strange because Israel is where it all began. Ours is the greatest story that ever existed. The elements that make up the fantasy and legends of other nations, are our reality.
People flock to see Hollywood films to be inspired, to be sucked in to epic stories of love, overcoming unbeatable odds, battles for the future of a nation, or the world. In Israel stories of heroism, extraordinary feats, honor, compassion, love, choices and an epic battle between right and wrong, good and evil, being soulful and soulless are the stories of our lives.
I know of nothing more dramatic, inspiring and real than the story of Israel. I believe the stories of Israel are relevant and can inspire anyone, anywhere. You don’t have to be Jewish, or religious, or care at all about Israel in and of herself, in order to benefit from Israel’s stories.
Israel is living proof that anything is possible. Unbeatable odds can be beaten. That is a valuable message for all people to have solidly in front of them.
The stories of Israel tend to be left untold. Or twisted and warped so that a different reality is created. This is a terrible disservice to Israel but also to the people of the world who can benefit from Israel’s lessons:
When surrounded by horror there is always hope.
Good does triumph. Spirit can conquer the greatest odds.
Miracles are real.
All lives matter.
This is a love story. I will tell what I can, what I see, what I learn – in hopes that you too will be inspired.
“An age is called dark not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see”