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From a Concerned Reader
We learn history so we are not doomed to repeat it; but Jewish
history has been repeating for thousands of years. Ever since the
destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem the Jewish people have been
stuck in a dangerous pattern. The force that keeps it going is the fact
that Jews have a strong tendency to argue and disagree. It seems like a
small problem but it can end friendships, form splits in communities and
create conflicting sects of Judaism. Following the pattern, God sends an
enemy to forcefully unite us. During the recent Palestinian uprising
there have been countless Jewish rallies all over the world showing
support for Israel. When Soviet Jewry was in trouble, Jews all over the
world united for the cause. This pattern of events dates as far back to
the times of Masada. When Masada was not in danger, men murdered each
other because of their political opinion; but when Jewish slaves were
building the ramp that would doom Masada, the slaves were not touched.
It does not always end that way; the year was 70 CE. There was
more then enough food and supplies stored inside the city of Jerusalem to
survive the Roman siege; but it was all burnt by groups of fighting
Jewish zealots. The Temple was destroyed because even when God sent the
enemy, we could not get along. They just hated each other for no reason.
Today this hasnít changed much.
It almost seems hopeless but its not. We always have and always
will be united as one nation. When any Jew hears that a bomb went off in
our holiest city and 15 of our brothers were murdered or that a bomb in
Tel Aviv killed 21 teenagers, we all feel it. We donít need to know what
synagogue the victims belong to, what candidate they voted for or
anything else as insignificant as that- we just donít care. Thatís how it
should always be, wherever you are, whomever you meet. Just accept
everybody Jewish as a Jew, you donít need to know anything else about him
or her. You may think they observe unnecessary things or donít observe
enough, maybe they even believe something you think is false. It has been
3000 or so years since every Jew received the Torah. Anything may have
changed since then and nobody knows exactly what. Hitler was not
concerned with which synagogue you belonged to or if you belonged to any
at all. If he did not care, why should we? Why must we always be taught
this through cruel persecution? Its time we understand this in peace.
We are like fire. If you separate the embers of a fire, you are
left with scattered, glowing embers, still hotter then normal wood but
still no flame. Together there is real flame, a light unto nations, which
can easily light other sticks that contribute to the greater fire.
Individual actions, another stick to the fire, can make a world of a
difference. It seems as though Jews still canít get along but with your
help, we will. Let us skip the next step in the pattern that has haunted
us for so long and jump to the final stage.
We all pray for the same things, peace in Israel (as well as all
over), the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem and with
it The Holy Temple. The Messiah will come, but he can come in many ways,
the way he comes is up to us. He can come when we, the Jewish people, are
hopelessly lost and only Godís power can help us. In that case there
would be a huge war filled with suffering, death and destruction; then
when all is nearly lost, the Messiah will come and redeem us. Or, we can
make peace with each other and unify for a common goal, the rebuilding of
Jerusalem. With such unity, we will have undone what the temple was
destroyed for, repented for our forefathers and will all live to see the
coming of the Messiah.
Lets forget all our differences and respect each other for what we all
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from the December 2001 Edition of the Jewish Magazine
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