Abelow on left, Fuld on right
with two other gentlemen
I think that it may be fair to say that few were wounded more by the murder of Ari Fuld
— outside of his family — than was Israeli-American social media personality, Avi Abelow.
I like Avi because he has both strength and joy.
He analyzes the worst of the conflict while also spreading gladness in his participation in Israeli and Jewish life.
What can I say? I am an American. Any American Jew, like Avi, who makes aliyah and is an old friend of Ari Fuld and promotes baseball in Israel
is a good guy in my book.
Abelow, like many of us, was wounded by the murder of Fuld, but Abelow knew him personally for many years. And so when I say that he is a social media figure that is willing to face the very worst side of the conflict, this is probably the very hardest example of it for him personally. He did not need to make aliyah and stand up for the Jewish people and, therefore, face the murder of friends… but he did so.
He could easily have stayed in the United States.
I honestly do not know that it is appropriate for me to promote a media person upon the death of his friend, but I am doing so, anyway. Abelow has been around for awhile and I know him best for his live discussions with journalists and scholars like Caroline Glick
and Melanie Phillips.
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But, again, what I most appreciate about this guy is his willingness to stare the devil in the face while also expressing the beauty and significance of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. That is quite a tight-rope. That is not an easy thing to do, especially when the world begins to expect you to get up every morning and do it again and again and again. Half the time he is calling out antisemitic anti-Zionism and the other half he is either showing us the grace of Jerusalem or tossing around a ball with the kids in the park.
There are media people, such as Gideon Levy or Amira Hass of Ha’aretz, who make their bread from spreading hatred toward their brothers and sisters in the land of the Jewish people.
What we need now — more than at any time in recent memory — are people like Avi Abelow
who are willing to stand up for the memory and strength
of Ari Fuld.