Near the center of Yerushalayim, situated in an area called the Russian Compound, is Police Headquarters. Among its other “interesting” features, the headquarters contains a jail that serves as a holding area for detainees until they are brought to trial. Whenever I pass the jail, my eyes are instinctively drawn to the window of a certain cell. This cell was my “home” for 30 hours about 40 years ago, when I, and several others, were arrested for demonstrating the unjustified arrest of a citizen of the Old City.
Flux, Confusion, War – where are we headed? Human society becomes ever more complex as we advance in uncovering the secrets of the physical world. Confusion reigns in most aspects of our lives, and the question “what’s going to be?” is dominant in the discourse of intelligent people. History is undergoing shifting relationships between nations and races, and the so-called absolute laws of human behavior are being re-written by the day.
May HaShem bless all Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael with good health, peace and prosperity. And bless our brothers and sisters in the galut with the need, desire, courage and vitality to be free from foreign physical and spiritual bonds and come home to fulfill the most inclusive and challenging mitzva – yishuv Eretz Yisrael.
It is possible to explain the difference between Putin of Russia and Am Yisrael on the background of the conflict between our father Yitzchak and our mother Rivka regarding who should be the progenitor of the future Am Yisrael.
King David envisioned the future redemption of Am Yisrael, likening it to the rushing, swirling waters in a wadi with each drop forging ahead dynamically to reach the end goal. This is a grand vision of millions of Jews returning home, magnificently dressed, with song and dance, each pressing ahead to step foot on the holy soil of the holy land. However, the same metaphor can be used for a far different scenario: Jews escaping from the hell of Russian bombs and rockets.
There are 5 elements in most dramatic stories and plays created by authors and playwrights – Exposition, Ascending Action, Conflict, Climax and Surprise Resolution. In fact, HaShem as the ultimate Playwright incorporates them in the major episodes of TaNaCh and history. Megillat Esther contains a 6th element!