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January 2012

Gary Yourofsky’s inspiring speech touched the hearts of thousands of people in Israel. Many of them sent a thank you note to Gary.

* Between January 16-31 there were more letters from Israelis that are not listed here. Listed from that period, are only the ones that their content indicates the author is from Israel.

Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 4:08 AM
I live in Israel and am doing a project in English class about you. Can you send mr some information about you and your life.

Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 9:45 AM
I’m from Israel and almost 17 years old. As a very serious athlete (boxer), I always thought that vegetarians were crazy. Two months ago I decided to watch your wonderful lecture. I thank you for helping me make the transition. I feel better, stronger and I’m happy that you showed me the truth. Now, all five members of my family are also vegan and I’m also strongly affecting a very large part of my school.

Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 2:39 PM
We’re from Israel and we watched your lecture which inspired us greatly and now we are both happily vegan for over six months. You’re awesome.

Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 6:52 AM
I am 33 years old from Israel. I am so happy to have you in the universe. What you are doing is blessed! I have been vegetarian since I was 12 years old but now I became vegan after watching your video. I am now in a point in my life where I realize that the most important thing in my life is to help these poor animals! And i want to dedicate most of my time for this.

Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 1:33 PM
i am from israel. i just saw your lecture and from now on i am a vegan! i never thought that you could convince me BUT omg! your speech was exciting and very very very accurate and interesting. and i get bored easily. you are a unique and awesome man. i wish we all were like you. god bless you friend. i want to thank you for opening my eyes.

Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 4:42 PM
I’m a 17 year old kid from Israel and saw your lecture on youtube. your claims are very interesting. it made me think. my dad is a vegetarian but he never told me why. he said when you grow up you’ll understand. now I know what he meant. I’ve decided to go my dad’s way.

Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 5:24 PM
I’m 35 years old from Israel. I just saw your lecture on youtube, and you shook my world! I never really considered the moral/humane aspects of animal eating as you made me realize them now. Thank you so much for opening my eyes, I will deliver your message to everyone I know.

Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 8:38 AM
I’m from israel. I’m a vegetarian for almost 4 years. I saw your lecture about veganism and it really affected me. I’ve quit drinking and eating milk/cheese products, and I started drinking soy milk. Knowing there’s a person like you that fights and makes great efforts for animals comforts me. I send you lots of strength and light in your struggle.

Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 3:08 PM
My husband showed me your video right after I saw a show that discussed not drinking milk. If you would have told me 15 minutes before the video that the day after, at lunch, I’d skip the chicken and eat nothing but rice and potatoes, i would probably have said no way. I love food, especially dead things. But your video changed my life. You are so damn charismatic and explained things so well that even though things are well known to us, we do not want to believe. I really didn’t want to watch the slaughterhouse video but when you said, “if it’s not good enough for your eyes then why is it good enough for your stomach” convinced me to see the truth. Thanks for every piece of knowledge you shared with us.

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 2:36 PM
I’m 21 and I live in Israel. I’ve recently watched the lecture you gave at Georgia Tech, and I felt the need to let you know that it turned my world upside down. I’m originally from Bogota, Colombia, and as a proud South American, meat has always been part of my menu. Over the years I’ve had many friends turn to vegetarians as did my current boyfriend, however I was always reluctant to follow them under the impression that meat and animal products are a necessity to humans. Two days ago, my boyfriend whose biggest passion in life is pizza, woke me up and said: “I think I’m going to be eating a lot of vegetables from now on.” Since this guy wouldn’t be caught dead with a carrot in his system, he had my attention. At first I was upset since I’ve always been told that being a vegan is bad for you and makes you more susceptible to diseases, so obviously I was worried for his health. At this point he told me about your lecture and suggested we watch it together. So I sat in front of the screen with my dog’s head resting on my lap and watched the entire thing. I want to tell you that I am not easily affected by lectures and empathy isn’t something that I feel very often, and yet from the first video you showed on that lecture I couldn’t stop crying. I sat there, and I simply wasn’t able to understand who would do such things to innocent beings? I couldn’t believe how ignorant we all are and how many lies we are being fed with ALL the time. I can say without a doubt that the images from that lecture will be burned in my mind forever, and it pains me so much that there is so little that I can do help them. I want to thank you for taking my blinders off, and showing me truth about this industries. I want to thank you for fighting the way you do and not giving up (I can’t imagine how hard it must be to fight against ignorants with power). I want you to know that as insignificant as one person can be to such a struggle, I’ve changed my lifestyle to veganism, and it’s important for me to let you know that you are responsible for that. Needless to say that your lecture has been forwarded to absolutely everyone I know, hopefully changing their lifestyle as well. I never thought I’d experience such a radical change, and I only wish it would’ve happened sooner. I hope that you keep getting through to people like you did with me and I would love to contribute as much as I can to help end this cruelty.

Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2012 2:06 AM
I’m 22 from israel. A friend sent me your lecture and I became a vegan. I showed it to my family and they stopped consuming animal products too. My boyfriend saw it yesterday and he went vegan as well. When the time comes to start my own family, they will be vegan, too. Thank you for opening our eyes to the truth that was there all the time. You are doing something great in this world! People in israel are influenced by you, and i’m sure it’s the same in other countries.

Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:41 AM
Cheers from Israel. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years. Watching your lecture made me vegan. Don’t think for a second that you’re not making a difference.

Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 7:12 AM
I live in Tel Aviv, Israel. I just finished watching your lecture on youtube. I am literally sitting here crying, mainly because I feel so sad for the animals and what they have to go through because of us. I am also upset with myself for not “investigating” this situation earlier. It is true that we are in denial. I always wondered about this but it never bothered me enough to really do something about it. I was raised in South Africa. If you know anything about South Africans you will know that they love eating meat. So needless to say I came from a house where we had meat on our table every day. I am ashamed of this now. Thank you for speaking to me through this lecture. You really hit home. My fridge is usually filled with meat and milk and cheese. Even on my salads. After sending this mail I promise to you and to myself and to every animal out there, that I will throw out all the milk, all the cheese and give away the meat in my fridge.