I have of late (and all too frequently) found myself drawn in this space into impassioned posts concerning Israeli politics, the international relations of the Middle East, and anti-Semitism.
While these are issues of profound import to me, I have discovered that they draw me away from the core purposes of this blog. Worse, the frustration they incite frequently drags me into the gutter of rage.
There have also been times where I have believed that my learning and wisdom are so insignificant that I have no business addressing matters of Torah, and that I am better off fighting the political battles to which I am better qualified to speak.
I will, therefore, try to avoid such discussions going forward. Teshuvah is the light I wish to follow here, not anger.
I pray to Hashem that this is the correct path.
Source: 19th century painting of the Western Wall – Features – News – Arutz Sheva
A picture is worth a thousand words, a testimonial that there were Jews living and worshipping in Israel long before Theodor Herzl ignited the torch of modern Zionism.
Politics aside, though, the scene is of itself a thing of beauty.
Some 900,000 Jews from Arab countries have fled their homelands since 1948; they left behind an estimated $30 billion in property, including buildings in dozens of Jewish communities.
Source: No solution for Palestinian refugees without justice for Jewish ones – Israel Opinion, Ynetnews
Lest we forget – this gigantic injustice has been ignored and buried for six decades.
Equally important – this is the treatment the Jews and Christians of Israel could expect if the “Palestinians” achieve their ultimate aim.
Ilya B., my great-grandfather, is buried in the Jewish cemetery at Weissensee in Berlin. He was born around 1880, into a middle-class family in Kiev, which was then part of the Russian Empire. Like many Jews in Kiev at the time, he spoke Russian, not Ukrainian. Russian was the language of power, essential for minorities […] — Daniel Trilling
Source: In Weissensee « LRB blog
A hauntingly beautiful essay.