A Battered People Once Again

No one emerges unscathed after fighting for their lives.

Taking a dog for a walk on the Tel Aviv Beach (photo: Arsen Ostrovsky)
Taking a dog for a walk on the Tel Aviv Beach (photo: Arsen Ostrovsky)

When walks on the beach in Tel Aviv brings you side-by-side with an #IronDome battery, a commute to school in Ashkelon brings you past a bombed-out preschool, a hike in the Galilee intersects a mortar crater, and a coffee date in Jerusalem is still peppered with glances at a bomb shelter, you know things will never be the same.

A ceasefire is not peace, and this one gives #Hamas way too much opportunity to restock its terror arsenal. But it also gives my sisters and brothers, my mothers and fathers in Israel, my children in Israel, a little room to breathe. Perhaps even our Palestinian cousins will focus on rebuilding themselves instead of tearing us down.

We are a battered people once again. But we are also the ancient people who refuse to die. We are here, and we will never allow our hope to fade. We will defeat the anti-Semitism that has again reared its dark and ugly head. We will fight when we must, all the while praying for a better day for our family and for every family.

We live. We live. The Jewish People lives.

#AmYisraelChai #haTikvah

About the Author
Rabbi Menachem Creditor is Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York, where his role is amplifying Jewish learning, leadership and values within the UJA-Federation community of supporters, staff, and partners. In 2013, he was named by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America. Rabbi Creditor has been involved in the leadership of Rabbis Against Gun Violence, American Jewish World Service, AIPAC and the One American Movement, an organization dedicated to bringing together Americans of different faiths and opinions. Among his 16 books and six albums of original Jewish music are “And Yet We Love: Poems,” “Primal Prayers,” and “Olam Chesed Yibaneh/A World of Love.”