Friday night marks the first night of Passover. This is the yearly recounting of the Exodus from Egypt. This is the holiday where the Jewish people remember their passage from slavery into freedom. Where they reclaimed the land that God had promised Abraham through Isaac for his children.
The last line of the Haggadah, the ritual book read to celebrate the Passover, is "Next Year in Jerusalem." Over 2500 years ago, Kind David purchased from the Jebusite King the mountain and surrounding land that would become the capital of the State of Israel. Today that capital is revitalized and rebuilt. It is unified. It is whole. It is a holy city open to all who wish to worship peacefully no matter what their religion, their ethnicity, their creed.
In the end, however, Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish heart and the capital of the Jewish soul. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Only those bent on another holocaust, only those who delegitimize, disenfranchise and dehumanize the Jewish people, would never acknowledge nor respect the Jewish attachment to Jerusalem or even the land of Israel in general.
This hate also has no boundaries, and no borders. It is celebrated in capitals around the globe. It is celebrated on college campuses worldwide. It is taught with abandon and with pride. Murdering Jewish children once again has become the worlds' favorite celebrated and honored past-time. Sadly 70 years after the Holocaust this most evil of hatreds is arisen once again and once again it has no shame.
Next Year in Jerusalem. Next Year may all mankind be free.
Chag Sameach. Happy Holiday.
Until next time,