Several years and several ambassadors ago, I was invited to speak at a function together with the US Ambassador, the topic was “Land for Peace”. He reiterated the US policy of Israel withdrawing from Shomron and Yehuda in return for peace; meaning withdrawing from the heartland of Eretz Yisrael in return for a promise of peace. Not worth the piece of paper it would be written on. Conversely, over the last four years, we have had the unique privilege of having the honorable Mr. David Friedman as the US Ambassador to our country.
People experience traumatic episodes with various physiological and psychological repercussions. Memories of some become relegated to a dark area of the subconscious never to re-appear again in one’s window of consciousness. Others, like those who went through the atrocities of the Shoah, are forever engraved in their consciousness. A third type emerges from time to time from the subconscious to one’s consciousness brought about by association with other thoughts.
One of mine resurfaced last week…
The people of the US are on the brink of civil discordance and anarchy which could quickly lead to civil war. There are many Blacks who would think nothing of fomenting a holocaust against the “privileged” Whites, and many Whites who would be happy to do so for the Blacks. But both sides would not hesitate to do so against the Jews who will be drawn into the strife because they are there.
In circumstances like these, it is every thinking person for himself. Once the genie of hate emerges from its bottle, there will be no way to return it to oblivion.
“She’ma Yisrael” is the most quoted verse in the Torah, having been recited hundreds of million times since its revelation at Mount Sinai. There are many ways to understand these six words:
Listen (hearken, be attentive) Yisrael, the Lord our God the Lord is one.
I would like to deal with two meanings: one of which has to do with our parasha – Vayechi.
It is a fundamental law of creation that HaShem does not coerce people into doing things, because free will is a basic component of humanity. Nevertheless, HaShem lets His will be known by creating situations which cause rational people to make requisite choices.
The sands of time for freedom of choice are running out.
Chanuka is essentially the holiday of Kohanim. The rebellion was started by the Kohanic family of Mattityayu, son of Yochnan the Kohen Gadol and ended with Kohanim restoring the Bet Hamikdash to its purity and to their divine service.
Kohanim more than any single group have played prominent roles in our history. Chazal say that the forefathers were Kohanim.