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December 2013

The letters that Israeli people sent to Gary Yourofsky during December 2013, the month he visited Israel for the second time. 76 letters worth reading.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 1:03 AM
You are doing more for the animals and for humanity than most people. You changed my life and the life of many of my friends. And for that, I’m forever thankful.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 1:18 AM
I become a vegan because of you.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 2:36 AM
Thank you for making such a dramatic change in my life and in my daughter’s by making us vegan. I can’t thank you enough you for speaking for our brothers and sisters – the animals – with love, compassion and endless courage. You are my inspiration.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 4:16 AM
My wife and I wish to thank you for coming to Israel. We are both vegans because of you, and we have a couple of family members who heard your lecture and became vegans as well. Your lectures really make the world a better place, and they bring light to the darkest places. We can’t thank you enough, and we hope you’ll keep on the good fight.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 5:05 AM
i live on southern part of israel and have been a vegan for nearly 2 years now. in fact, every day, i feel like i am born again! i always considered myself to be a good person but could not have been more wrong! I didn’t understand at all how huge my contribution was to that murderous industries. i have learned the true meaning of compassion, and respect, and i owe it mostly to you. i admire your endless devotion and dedication, and can only hope that there will be a day, when we are only reading about this dark chapter in our history books! thank you for saving me from myself!

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 5:29 AM
I’m from Israel, and became vegan after seeing your lecture about 3 years ago. I just wanted to say thank you for being the speaker for the animals.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 5:46 AM
because of you i became vegan after 16 years of vegetarianism, and all of my family became vegan after they saw your lecture. to me and my family, you are special person full of light and love and we want to say we love you.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 7:06 AM
I am from Israel. Me and my wife became vegans one year ago and we want to thank you for that.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 7:45 AM
I really enjoyed your lecture yesterday. Currently, as non-vegan person it really got me thinking and I believe I’m on my way there.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 10:06 AM
you changed my life.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 1:36 PM
I would like to thank you for opening my eyes and helping me to become a vegan after more than 15 years of being a vegetarian. Now, thanks to you, me and my boyfriend are vegans for the last year and half. I will see you tomorrow night at the lecture with a non–vegan friend.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 3:11 PM
I heard about your lecture on youtube from my brother who watched it and became vegan. The day after that I become a vegetarian and after 8 months, a vegan. You are telling the ugly truth to people and put them in front of a mirror. Whenever I have a hard time with my friends or family because of my vegan actions, I see parts of your speeches over again so I can get the power to go on.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 5:26 PM
Because of your amazing lecture, 2 more people have gone vegan.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 6:06 PM
You’re words of compassion, you’re courage and your passion to bring the animals holocaust to an end are inspiring and wonderful. I became vegan after I watched your famous lecture a year ago. You are a bright light in this dark world, and you’re light is getting bigger and bigger.

Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 6:07 PM
I live in Ireland now and your lecture is getting momentum here. It is the best vegan educational material.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:50 AM
For 2 years now, me and my family are Vegan because of you. You saved many animals, and still save them every day.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:07 PM
I was at your lecture yesterday in Tel Aviv. I’m the guy who shook your hand and told you “I ain’t a vegan, but I just became one.” You opened my mind, to see other things, to be aware of what our species does and who we are now. I’m not gonna stand by and tell my children I did “nothing” when the real holocaust was taking place. I will take an action. You changed my life.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:57 AM
I watched your lecture on youtube a few months ago and it made me cry. It was so strong!! I am vegan since then. I wanted to thank you for all the things you have been doing for the sweet animals in this world.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:07 AM
I saw you last time you were here. Your speech made me (and many others) finally leave the dark side. I know you said you are not a guru, but no person before has ever turned so many people vegan! Not many speak the harsh truth as you do.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:28 AM
I’m 17 years old from Israel. I wrote you a thank you letter almost two years ago for turning me into a vegan. I am still vegan and made a lot of people go veg only because of you. So many people support you and your work.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:45 AM
A year ago, my 17 year old daughter become vegan after seeing your lecture. 3 months later, I saw your lecture, and me and my husband became vegans, too. I want you to know that you opened my family’s eyes!

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:42 PM
The transition happened the moment my husband and I saw your lecture. We thank you for what you have helped us do and not do anymore. Since that day of becoming vegan, we have learned how much animal suffering goes into nearly every product we use. We just want to say THANK YOU for being there at the right time and the right place for us to finally wake up, so we can make informed choices and realize we have to stop this killing now!

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:11 PM
i am 16 years old. i want you to know that after watching your Lecture my life has changed. i live in ramat gan and have been vegan for almost a year. i have no words to explain the respect that i have for you.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:13 PM
i’m 16 from israel and have been vegan for 1 year thanks to you. no milk, no eggs, no meat. i don’t admire any man in this world like i admire you. you changed my life.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:13 PM
I was pulled into veganism somewhere between the stuffed turkey description and the eye-drop quantity of pus in milk. Now that a year has passed, I am more morally conscious, and strengthened by the ideals more than I was when I was originally did it for health. So I wanted to thank you for dumbing it down for non-vegans as I was myself only a year ago. I wish you a long, healthy and happy life, and serenity because caring takes its toll.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6:38 PM
What you are doing for animals is incredible. I watched you and chose the vegan life. My girlfriend, too. I wanted you to know that many people are behind you!!

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:28 PM
i’m a student in jerusalem. three people in my family turned vegan thanks to you! my mother and brother last year and my sister today. she got so upset that some people were missing the point of your visit here and were focusing on some heated interview you did instead of the message you’re bringing that it made her become vegan! so your incident with the reporter made something good happen.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:32 PM
I turned vegetarian when i was 7 years old when I realized that the hamburger was a cow. I turned Vegan last year because of you!

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:37 PM
I’m 27 from Beer-Sheva, Israel. You changed my life man! That’s the greatest gift you could’ve given me and to the ones whom we share this earth with.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:48 PM
I am a Brazilian vegan living in Israel. I used to spend hours and hours and hours trying to convert people. But now with your lecture, I can do it in 70 minutes, making new vegans, including my brother, other family members and friends.

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:50 PM
It is easier to keep your blinders on and attack the person bearing the “inconvenient truth” than it is to make change. Regardless, your lectures and activities have succeeded in creating a huge amount of change. The media can shove its microphones where the sun don’t shine. At the end of the day people are listening. I am just one of many who embraced a vegan lifestyle – and am raising 2 vegan kids – after watching your lecture.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:50 AM
I’m 33 from Israel. I have been a vegetarian from age 8 to 30. Three years ago I came across your lecture and decided to go vegan. My wife followed me later on & so did some people around me.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:18 AM
I’m 19 years old from Israel. I wanted to go to your lecture but I’m in the army and they wouldn’t let me go. I wanted you to know the I become vegan because of you. Thank you for opening my eyes and making me understand what I have been eating.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:53 AM
i’m 48 years old. almost all my life i have been a vegetarian. but only after watching you on youtube a few years ago, i became vegan. i wanted to thank you for the amazing work you do, opening people’s eyes and hearts. a lot of people here love you very much, and i truly believe that history will remember you forever as the man who started this important revolution.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:33 AM
I’m 28 and from Israel. Thanks to you, I’m a vegan for the past year and a half. Thanks to you I’m healthier. And thanks to you I’m not part of the Animal Holocaust. You ARE making a difference! I know a few people who became vegan thanks to your lecture. One day, hopefully soon, mankind will no longer abuse the poor animals, and it all started with you!

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:08 AM
I”m 20 and live in Rishon LeZion, Israel. I became vegan after watching your speech on youtube about 7-8 months ago. You’ve changed my conception of the human race and the other living beings, forever.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:14 AM
I would like to thank you from my soul for your entire devotion for all the living souls in this planet. I am 50 years old and vegan since the end of August because of you.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:04 AM
I’m a vegan for 1.8 years after watching your lecture. There’s a huge community here in Israel who support you and the vegan cause.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:04 AM
I’m 16 years old, and I just want to thank you. I was vegetarian for 3 years. Half a year ago I saw you speech and realized that be vegan is the right choice. You are great man. Thanks for giving me a better life and for making me a better person.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:04 AM
I live in Tel Aviv and have been a vegetarian for ten years. Your lecture helped me go vegan. It also made my partner a vegan which is amazing because he loved meat, and we had a lot of fights over this subject. Even our dogs are vegan now.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:31 AM
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for all that you do for the animals. The main reason I decided to become vegan after 16 years of being vegetarian is your lecture. I hope you’ll have the strength to continue your remarkable actions!

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:32 AM
I am from Israel. I am a vegan, and absolute love animals. I live with three dogs and two cats. I have raised chickens from young chicks to adulthood in my backyard. They knew my by voice and looks; they ran to me when they saw me and let me pet and hug and kiss them. I have loved cows and adored pigs since I was a baby. I feel their pain. It’s an ache inside that I cannot describe in words. I knew this pain and the helplessness that I feel will stay lodged in my heart forever. That is until you gave me hope. You actually did what was conceived as impossible. You got up and put veganism on the table. It’s the topic on everyone’s tongues.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:53 AM
I don’t think you are a guru or god or whatever. In fact, I don’t agree with your approach sometimes. But it doesn’t matter. When you stood there and told us: “Love me or hate me, I don’t care. Just leave the animals alone” … I fell in love with you.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:13 AM
Two and a half years ago, I was reborn. It happened while I was watching your lecture. Becoming vegan was the most important step I took in my life and since then I consider myself a different person. Thanks to you, I opened my eyes, became a better person and therefore became closer to God. Since then my mother became vegetarian, and just two days ago my boyfriend became vegetarian as well. All of us attended your lecture four days ago in Tel Aviv. Your simple and sincere truth has a great power on people who are willing to change and to face reality. We owe it all to you; the great revolution which is taking place in our country right now! You are their voice and you shall never stop your mission because there is nothing more important in the world than that. Thank God you exist.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:15 AM
Thank you for changing my life. I was vegetarian since I was 7 years old, and I thought I was doing the right thing. Thanks to you I woke up and realized vegetarians don’t have the right to feel good with themselves. My dad (a lawyer) convinced ALL of his clients, friends and our family members to go vegan by showing them your lecture. And he’s now involved in a huge effort by establishing a vegan party to go to the government as soon as possible.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:36 AM
I’m 21 years old from Israel, vegan thanks to you and animals right activist. I became a vegetarian when I was 11 years old. I thought being vegetarian was enough because it never crossed my mind that drinking milk and eating cheese/eggs is causing so much suffering for the animals. I was in the army when I saw your lecture. I have to say you opened my eyes completely. Thanks to you I finally saw the whole truth about that heartless, painful industry. You changed my life! I went to see you in Hadera – your first lecture in a backyard. I witnessed a historical moment! You were so nice, so inspiring, so touching and so convincing.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:01 AM
I am 13 and saw your lecture and became a vegan. Many vegans adore you because you really go out and try to tell people the truth even sometimes if it fails.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:06 PM
I’m 15 from Israel. I became vegetarian two months ago after I saw your lecture. I promise to become vegan soon!
Thank you for opening my eyes. You’re doing a wonderful job, and thanks to you this world still have a chance to become a better place. Thanks to you thousands of people started to become aware of animal suffering.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:07 PM
I would like to send my blessings to you and to support you and your vision. Me and my wife went to your lecture in the Cinematec. I agree with your opinions about the Holocaust. I believe in you and your way.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:07 PM
The service you are doing for the animals is important and paves a new way of life for everyone. The change you make in the world is substantial and huge.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:39 PM
I went to your lecture last night at Ramat Gan with Dr. Yuval Harari and I must confess that I wanted to hear your response to the events. After hearing your response and to my surprise, I was left speechless and in awe. Your voice on behalf of the oppressed and innocents is so loud and so true that it cannot be avoided and all those that try, by heating up the discussion and using cheap tactics are just trying to avoid and hide from the main issue, their own indiscretions, and the TRUTH!

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:16 PM
I’m 17 years old from Israel. I saw your lecture and I want to thank you for opening my eyes.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:19 PM
i was at your lecture this sunday and now i’m vegan.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:28 PM
I am from Israel. I’m 14.5 and I saw your lecture when i was 13. I am vegan because of you. I appreciate you more than ever. Just like you, I get angry by stupid people.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:51 PM
I am a vegan. I see you as a brave warrior who has changed the minds of a full generation around the world. A true hope for the freedom of all animals. Apart from all those people who decided to go vegan thanks to you, your lectures alone have also encouraged many passive vegans to become active speakers for the rights of those who can’t speak for themselves. In the last year, meat consumption among Israelis has decreased by 9% (guess why!). There are no words that can describe how thankful I am for you. You are a true legend living among us.

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:08 PM
I was thinking about being vegan for a few months. Then I saw your lecture, and now I’ve become vegan and it’s changed my life!

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:19 PM
I’m 23 years old and live in Israel. I have been a vegan for almost three years now and an activist for the last year and half. I just wanted to THANK YOU for all that you are doing, and I’m talking about all that you do for animals, of course, but I also refer to what you do for us, the vegans and activists. You keep inspiring and reminding us who we are fighting for and why. You are besides a great animal protector.

Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:41 AM
I just wanted to tell you that you are the bravest man IN THE WORLD! I love every thing you do for the rights of ANIMALS. Thank you for who you are.

Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:54 AM
You have the greatest part in the birth of the Israeli vegan movement. We are very lucky to have met you. The movement is strong and determined and we’ll make you proud.

Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:14 AM
I am Israeli. Your lecture made me understand why I should switch from vegetarian to vegan.

Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 4:18 AM
I am an Israeli but currently live in the UK. A year and a half ago I saw your lecture and even though I watched the whole lecture I became a vegan within 15 minutes. I think that your comparison to the holocaust is bang on and that is probably what hit the nail in my case. When we were kids, we had holocaust survivors lecturing in our schools. I also knew and talked to holocaust survivors and they said that they can’t stand near a BBQ because the smell of the BBQ is the same smell they experienced in Auschwitz. So next time a reporter ask you these questions feel free to quote me and also check for yourself. Apart from the above, you have changed my life. Because of that nearly my entire Israeli family are now vegan.

Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 7:01 AM
Thank you for being you! Just so you know 3 years ago I stopped eating meat and dairy. In my quest for the truth, I found your lecture and from that moment I became full vegan. I believe in you and in your way.

Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:52 AM
Yesterday I listened to your lecture in Tel Aviv. I actually don’t need any convincing regarding Veganism. I came because I thought I might get an answer as to how it is possible to be an animal liberation activist and stay sane. The more you are into fighting against cruelty towards animals and “injustice” as you say, the more you become involved. I just don’t understand how you manage to survive. How is it possible to have this kind of emotional capacity? I’ve read what you’ve done and what you’re still doing, and I just can’t figure out how you’ve managed to still be able to continue doing all of those things, when the world is obviously still full of bad people doing awful things to innocent creatures. How are you not crazy? How can you go on when every corner you have “fried chicken”, “hamburgers”, smiling cows on carton milks? I’d love to know how you manage to just deal.

Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:44 AM
We met by accident in Neve Tzedek last year, in the street, near Suzane Dellal center. I think it was only a few hours after you’ve landed in Israel. We talked for a while, and I told you I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years, and I know in my heart that I have to be vegan after watching your lecture. I asked you what would you suggest to one like me, and you took a pause, then replied, “just think of the animals”. This sentence, this simple sentence, followed me ever since. The next day I found myself (again, by accident) in your lecture in a closed lecture for reporters only. I came with a friend who’s been a carnivore since I can remember. She couldn’t stop crying during the slaughterhouse movie and made a decision to become vegan after that. In the past week I volunteered to help VEGAN FRIENDLY at 3 of your lectures. Reason for writing is I am trying to show my support in your actions. I guess it’s not easy to be you. You’ve chosen a life that not many would choose. Or, maybe life has chosen you to do that job. I find myself fighting these little wars on a daily basis. Sometimes I win, like the time I convinced a friend to buy palladium shoes instead of leather. Other times I (temporarily) lose. Many of my friends have turned to veganism. Many didn’t. But I surely feel the great change around. Anyway, just wanted to show my support in you. Never give up!

Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 12:32 PM
It was important for me to write to you and show my support and appreciation because I think you’re doing something that is SO important but SO exhausting. I wouldn’t be able to handle all the ignorance that exists in the world. Hearing the same questions over and over again, explaining something so simple over and over again; the strength and the patience you have! I’m ashamed to be a part of the human race. I’m ashamed for what I’ve done, all those years I was blind, and I’m just mostly sad that humanity became so cynical, evil, detached, stupid, blind and apathetic. I wish you power of mind, peace of mind and inner strength to continue and fight for all the animals.

Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 4:53 PM
I emailed you after going vegan because of your videos. I have since have enjoyed seeing close to a dozen people around me going vegan and others that are getting closer every day. Being originally from Israel, I was excited to see the movement that has started there thanks to you.

Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 5:16 PM
I’m 18.5 years old from Israel. Thank you so much for showing me the truth. You changed my world. I was blind before your I saw your video. I could not believe what we’re doing to the animals.

Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:45 AM
Thank you for your lecture in Tel hai. It was amazing to finally see my friends listening to the truth without trying to rationalize and protect their habits.

Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2013 1:30 PM
I was at Ben-Gurion U. in Beer-Sheva (Israel). It was really amazing and you succeed to even transform my boyfriend to vegan. It was important for me and for many people to see your speech “live” and not just on the computer!

Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 11:42 PM
you have changed my life! i became vegan after seeing your speech in israel.

Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 5:39 AM
I’m writing you from Israel. You changed my way of thinking and actually my whole life. I’m only 15 and half years old and I think that high school students should hear you. I don’t know why you can’t lecture in front of high school students about this really important issue. I’m so tired of explaining to my friends why vegan is the best way of life and how animals are more valuable than a freaking meal. And because you the best lecturer I’ve ever heard and you have an amazing gift of persuasion, I would love for you to come to my school and change some opinions.

Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 1:56 PM
I am 13 years old from Israel. After watching your lecture on YouTube two months ago I became a vegan. Thank you for opening my eyes to the suffering of the animals.

Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 1:56 PM
I am from Israel, and study in TEL AVIV University but I didn’t came to your lecture because I’m already vegan. I just want to thank you for changing my life. I’ve become vegan when I listened to you about 14 months ago.

Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:58 AM
My husband saw your lecture last year and turned vegan. I supported him throughout last year by cooking separately for him. Two weeks ago I went with him to your lecture and couldn’t stop crying for two days For the last two weeks I haven’t touched meat, milk or eggs and will continue veganism forever.

Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 2:59 AM
we would like to say thank you very much ‘from the bottom of our hearts’ for your contribution to love and compassion. you really changed our lives, and opened our eyes and our hearts. our family changed our way of thinking and our behaviour. when we speak with our children (ages 9, 8, 6, 5), they ask a lot of questions and they are very curious for the reasons why we don’t eat meat ,dairy and eggs. but when we talk and see some videos about animal suffering ,they really understand. children are so smart and compassionate. a lot of love from golan heights.

Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:09 AM
i’m 33 years old and live in israel. i’ve heard about your lectures for years but never sat down and watched. but after witnessing your frustration and anger with stupid questions from our media, i watched your famous lecture and needed to say thanks for your eye-opening actions.its been only 2 weeks but i feel the need to change the people that are close to me. i ADMIRE your efforts and actions. it’s not about being a vegan, it’s about remembering that you are a creature who needs to find harmony with the other beings on this planet it’s about being human, a road we have all forgotten. thanks for the reminder.