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It’s not about the Holocaust, Mr. President.

Posted by rutimizrachi on 18/06/2009

Yom chamishi, 26 Sivan 5769.

The following poem is reprinted with permission from the author, Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo.  Please see more of his very thoughtful and uplifting essays at his website, The David Cardozo Academy: Jewish Education for a Complex WorldIn a world I could affect, I would ask President Obama to sit quietly with his Secretary of State and listen deeply to a reading of this poem, read with all the feeling it engenders by one of my many dear Baltimore friends whose hearts weep with a desire to live in the Jewish homeland.  Would the message be heard?  I cannot know.  But I know that you, dear reader, will hear it.

To President Barack Obama

I am a Jew.
I stand at the Western Wall.

How long do I stand here?
Nearly 4000 years,
since the days of my grandfather Abraham
when he nearly sacrificed his son
at Mount Moriah.

I see the Wall with its frozen tears,
and passing clouds with many sighs.
I read millions of names:
in Egypt, Babylon, Rome, Poland,
Spain, Hungary, America and South Africa.

But that was only in a dream.
In reality
we Jews were all born in Israel, and then exiled by Titus.
Although most of us began our childhoods
in foreign countries,
we merely camped in these places, but never dwelled in them.

And at the end of our lives,
Though our tombstones may stand in Exile,
our bodies are buried in the dust of Israel.


The return to Zion is unprecedented.
It is sui generis.
The State of Israel is a surprise,
a shock,
for it is the story of a nation in exile
which never had to return because it never left.
It lifted its Holy Land from its native soil,
transformed it into a portable homeland,
carrying it to all corners
of the earth,
only to replant it again in its native land
when the students of Titus can no longer prevent it from doing so.

Mr. President,

Israel was not built on the ashes of Auschwitz.
It is founded on the Bible,
a divine text rooted in the Jewish experience of nearly 4000 years.
A Heilsgeschichte, a Redemptive History
for all of mankind.

Israel was not created because of the Holocaust,
but rather despite the Holocaust.



Only the Jews, for thousands of years, prayed and continue to pray for its rebuilding.

No other people.

Only the Jews mourn its destruction of nearly two thousand years ago.

No other nation.

It is only they who weep, sitting on the floor on the date of the Temple’s desecration
in the month of Av, year after year.

No other people.

It is only they who for two thousand years break a glass under the marriage canopy, an expression of sorrow for Jerusalem.
(How many millions of glasses were broken throughout exile?)

No other nation.

It is only the Jews who for thousands of years build their houses but leave a part of the wall unplastered because of the loss of their Temple.

No other people.

It is only Jewish women who do not wear all their jewelry at once, in deference to the destruction of the House of God.

No other women.

And it is only the Jews who cover their dead with the dust of the land of Israel even when they bring their dear ones to their final resting place outside the land of Israel.

No other burial society.

Neither Titus’ offspring,
nor Saladin’s descendants,
nor Godfrey of Bouillon, the crusader, nor his children,
ever mourned, prayed or buried their dead in the Earth of the Holy Land.

This, dear President, you must learn.

For without this knowledge,
there will be no way to make peace.


Thank you, Rabbi, for making it as clear as it can be.  May the Borei Olam cause that these words be heard by all Jewish hearts — for, at the end of the day, these are the only hearts that matter.  Once we know that these concepts are true, then Hashem will turn the hearts of our enemies, and even the hearts of our friends.

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I’m Number 40008. Join me, won’t you?

Posted by rutimizrachi on 05/02/2009

Yom chamishi, 11 Shevat 5769.

Sign the petition to put Hamas on trial for war crimes.

Okay, I can hear you saying, “What good does signing a petition do?  Everyone knows that the UN hates Israel.  After all, there have been more panic-stricken resolutions against Israel for the heinous crime of defending herself against terror than there have been for the mass slaughters in Darfur, Sri Lanka, and Kurdish Iraq combined.  So what’s the point?” 

Here is why this is important, and not irrelevant.

We are entering a new age.  The “bad guys” have been successfully using the weapon of propaganda all over the globe.  Otherwise reasonable people have come to accept the re-write of history that is as subtle as the change from the term “Arab-Israeli Conflict” to “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” and as blatant as a report by BBC’s Jeremy Bowen that the reason he only sees soft drink cans with Arabic writing on the other side of the checkpoint is that “the Israelis won’t permit foodstuffs beyond the checkpoint.”  (Uh, Jeremy — could it possibly be that Arabs prefer to support Arab businesses?  Just a thought…)

The grassroots voice of the internet is beginning to be noticed.  To sit back and avoid the media war is worse than rushing off to Canada used to be.  (Oops.  Ancient hot-button issue.  Sorry.  But then we had something of an excuse.  Did we really understand what that war was about?  We’re still trying to figure it out…)

And for those who want to deal with the situation in America with that slightly more antiquated weapon, the telephone, take a look at this suggestion:

Hey, look — my son swears by the FN MAG 240 as THE weapon of choice — even though it was produced by Belgium in the 1950s.  So if your weapon of choice in this media war is the telephone, be my honored guest.  As long as you’re involved.

While you’re at it, suggest to Barack “Change is Good” Obama that he could really throw those Jews for a loop by pardoning Jonathan Pollard (Yehonatan ben Malka) at the beginning of his term as US President.  Now THERE’S some change I could get behind.

Cheerful assistance with research provided by Yarden Frankel.  Refua shelaima, Yarden!

Posted in Crossing the Yarden, Darfur, Hamas,, Jonathan Pollard, Obama, The 18, UN anti-semitism | 5 Comments »