Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. I hope you learn a bit about Zionism, the State of Israel, and Jewish life, culture, and politics. Although I do discuss a lot of politics regarding the conflict, I only do so because it is often inseparable, for better or for worse, with Israeli culture and life. I greatly appreciate the following that I have gotten since I started the blog. Honestly, I thought it would just be a thing that I could show my friends or personally refer back to for interesting articles, photos, and the like. The appreciation that I have received certainly has kept me going so thank you!
1. Why did you start this blog?
I am an American that is neither Jewish nor Israeli. I have a strong interest in Middle East affairs and a strong passion for Jewish and Israeli culture. I figured since I do a lot of research and reading on my own about this topic, I could share the interesting articles and photos that I find each day with others.
2. How do you decide what to post?
This blog is called “For Zion’s Sake” as a paraphrase, albeit the beginning, of Isaiah 62:1. Anything relating to Jewish or Israeli culture, politics, and life is posted here. This blog is unapologetically Zionist and “pro-Israel.” News articles don’t refer to my opinions but are just articles that I find particularly interesting, however, you can guess that because I find it interesting for some reason or another, they may reflect my opinion! Additionally, I often post links to articles that I have read because I think they will be thought-provoking or sometimes, just outright provocative (never offensive though), to increase the conversation and dialogue.
3. What do you think about X, Y, or Z?
As a general rule, I choose not to post my opinion or personal works because it is easy to plagiarize and misrepresent them online. However, if you are interested of any particular interests or about my personal life, I have no problem answering them, just use the “ask” option. It is represented by the question mark symbol on each page of the blog or at this link (/ask of the blog). However, please note that I often do make these posts public and posted once I respond so if you want a private response, please state so.
4. Speaking of personal matters, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have grown up my entire life in the United States. I would describe myself as a bit of a cosmopolitan but in truth, I’m just a person that loves traveling and is open to a lot of cultures besides my own. I’m Taiwanese-American and I find a lot of similarities between the Chinese-Taiwanese conflict and the Arab-Israeli conflict. While I do not have as much of a passion owing to the lack of a similar breadth of knowledge of the Chinese-Taiwanese conflict, it is something that is still important to me. My family is Zionist, although not religious at all. Additionally, I grew up among Jews and Israelis and truthfully, I feel most at home among Jewish and Israeli culture. I, personally, am religious and am considering converting to Judaism.
5. Why is this FAQ so sparse?
Because I haven’t received a question from you yet! Do not be shy and simply read the word of advice on the top of each page — “You know when Mom told you about the things that you don’t talk about in good company - politics, religion, or money? Well, I’m bringing ‘em all to the table here, sorry Mom!!” — well, bring it to the table will ya!
6. I’d like to network or talk to you, how can I do that?!
You can direct questions to me in my ask box. Otherwise, I also have profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook. If you would like either, please send a non-anonymous request to my ask box for my personalized link. Once you add me though, please mention that you’re from Tumblr, this blog, or something that could jog my memory, as otherwise, I probably will ignore it.